According to The Journal Sentinel, at least 125 people — including some high school students — have contracted HIV, syphilis or both in one of the largest sexually transmitted infection “clusters” discovered in the city. Most of those who were tested in the group were men and 45 percent were HIV positive, according to Ugland and other health care advocates. Information about which school or schools are affected by the cluster has not been released.
Even more concerning, health officials confirmed in a tweet that three local babies were also born with syphilis. “Troubling public health news, there has been an increase in new cases of HIV/Syphilis,” the Milwaukee Health Department tweeted. “Sadly this included infants in 2017, ” the message read.The statement read, “Because schools have a significant number of students in the 15-18 age group, we are working with the Milwaukee Health Department, in a collaborative and preventive effort, to share information with young people in middle schools and high schools to keep them healthy and to protect their health.”In an effort to create public awareness, and prevent further spread of disease, the Milwaukee Health Department is launching a campaign on the city’s public transit system to inform riders about sexually transmitted diseases.http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/03/08/shock-in-milwaukee-over-cluster-outbreak-hiv-and-syphilis-including-babies-and-teens.html