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State health officials have declared a statewide outbreak of syphilis after a spike in reported cases, mainly affecting women and infants. They’re trying to get out the word on this sexually transmitted bacterial disease, whose symptoms can easily be overlooked. Read more»

Lynn Brown Rosenberg, author of 'My Sexual Awakening at 70,' a book about her personal experience, said she urges fellow seniors to educate themselves about sex. State figures show a rise in sexually transmitted diseases among those age 55 and older.

More Arizona seniors are staying sexually active — and catching sexually transmitted diseases. Read more»

Two Pima County Health Department programs will extend their operating hours and update their services beginning in March. Read more»

Rep. Lela Alston, shown in this 2011 file photo, has introduced a bill that would make it a felony to intentionally expose others to HIV and eight types of sexually transmitted diseases.

Rep. Lela Alston, D-Phoenix, says she introduced the bill because a woman in her district contracted a sexually transmitted disease from a man who didn't tell her he was infected. The measure covers giving blood or tissue and sharing needles, as well as sexual activity. Read more» 1

A national survey suggests that more young women in Arizona are getting tested for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, but data for the latest year available showed that fewer than half of those in this group were tested. Read more»

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Beginning on Valentine's day, the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity mounts its Endangered Species Condoms, an effort to educate people on the impact of population growth on threatened and endangered animals. Read more» 4