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Combating Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Harris County

Some statistics can, at first blush, seem troubling. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Harris County has the eighth highest number of syphilis cases in the nation. But when you consider that Harris County is also the third most populous county in the country, the stat seems less alarming. Nevertheless, there […]

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Some statistics can, at first blush, seem troubling. For instance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Harris County has the eighth highest number of syphilis cases in the nation. But when you consider that Harris County is also the third most populous county in the country, the stat seems less alarming. Nevertheless, there are a lot of people in the county with sexually transmitted diseases. We discuss what efforts exist to bring the numbers down.

We discuss the issue with: Dr. Umair Shah, executive director at Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services; and Jason Black, director of public health at Legacy Community Health Services.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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