Descriptive Study of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Tarrant County, Texas,

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Abstract of Journal Article -- February 2003

By Christine McGrath, MPH; Antonio René, PhD, MPH; Bobby Jones, DVM, MPH; and Raghbir Sandhu, MD, DTM&H, DrPH

Incidence rates of sexually transmitted diseases in Tarrant County, Texas, from 1998 through 2000 were assessed and compared with the rates in Texas and the United States, with the focus on similarities and differences in gender, age, and race/ethnicity. Data were obtained from the Tarrant County Public Health Department, the Texas Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rates for gonorrhea and syphilis in Tarrant County were significantly higher than rates in Texas and the United States. The largest disparity was found among blacks, followed by Hispanics and then whites, with those aged 15 to 24 years at greatest risk. To increase awareness and reduce the burden of sexually transmitted diseases, prevention programs need to be developed.

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