Syphilis rates in Bexar County jumped 15 percent, crossing the thousand person mark in 2013, according to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. District officials are calling it an "epidemic" and have been edging up continuously for nine years. San Antonio has the highest rate in Texas and exceeds the national average.
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is partnering with the YMCA to bring diabetes education to the community, including a free diabetes management program developed by Stanford University.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 26 million people in the U.S. suffered from diabetes in 2010 and 79 million more had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes. Thirteen percent of Bexar County residents are diabetic.
During the Month of November, Metro Health and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio will offer free classes to help patients prevent and self-manage diabetes.
There are new websites going live every day to help people understand how the Affordable Care Act, which is over 2,000 pages long, actually applies to their individual situation.
Healthcare.gov, which is the official website for all things ACA and the website where you can go to sign up, has only been up since the end of June. It is, for all intents and purposes, as comprehensive as you can get with the new health care law.
The San Antonio Baby Café, a new drop-in breastfeeding center for moms, is set to open in the Fall pending approval of the center’s lease that could happen next week. It is all part of the Metropolitan Health District's goal to make San Antonio a healthier city.
"We're real excited about it and there's a huge demand," said Metro Health Director Dr. Thomas Schlenker about the new center. "There's so many women who care about this but can't find the resources they need."
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District has initiated a campaign to re-educate the population about syphilis as the city has seen an increase in the number of congenital syphilis cases over the past couple of years.
Metro Health said San Antonio is number two in the state in the number of syphilis cases per capita. Last year in Bexar County 18 babies were born with syphilis and the department said that number should be zero.
Just a few weeks before school begins, when many parents bring in their kids in for back-to-school shots, the City of San Antonio's Metropolitan Health District downtown immunization clinic will close and move to the West Side.
While the majority of immunizations in the city are given by primary care physicians and other clinics, Metro Health’s new hub is expected to give up to 15,000 vaccinations per year.
Texas ranks third in teen pregnancy nationwide and first in teen moms with multiple children. Even with the drop in teen pregnancy that the city has seen, what else can be done to empower teenage girls and address this life-changing issue?