Listen: Syphilis Spreads Into Rural America

Karolyn Schrage, executive director of the Choices Medical Services clinic in Joplin, Mo., says she can barely keep the antibiotic treatment for syphilis, penicillin G benzathine, stocked on her shelves. (Bruce Stidham for KHN)


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Lauren Weber, one of Kaiser Health News’ new Midwest correspondents, joined St. Louis Public Radio reporter Jeremy Goodwin on “St. Louis on the Air” Friday to discuss how syphilis is making inroads into rural counties across the Midwest and West. In Missouri, the total number of syphilis patients has more than quadrupled since 2012, testing the weakened public health safety net in areas unfamiliar with the potentially deadly infection. Listen to the interview on the St. Louis Public Radio website.

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