Shock in Milwaukee over ‘cluster’ outbreak of HIV and syphilis, including babies and teens

A good outbreak of sexually transmitted disease is striking the Milwaukee area, and an challenging percentage of the patients are teens.

According to The Journal Sentinel , a minimum of 125 people — including several high school students — have contracted HIV, syphilis or both in one of the biggest sexually transmitted infection “ clusters” discovered in the city.  

Less than 10 percent from the 125 people who tested positive are usually Milwaukee Public Schools  students, yet health care experts anticipate the number of situations could go up.

“ This is an epidemic individuals are not talking about enough, and it results in people taking unnecessary risks, ” said Melissa Ugland, a open public health consultant told the paper.


The Centers for Illness Control and Prevention defines a “cluster” as “ an unusual aggregation, of disease that are usually grouped together in time and place. inch Ugland told the newspaper this particular cluster was identified because individuals could all be connected, and had been in contact with each other during a 12-month time period.

The majority of those who were tested in the team were men and 45 percent were  HIV positive, according to Ugland along with other health care advocates.   Information about which usually school or schools are affected by the particular cluster has not been released.

Even more concerning, wellness officials confirmed in a tweet that will three local babies were furthermore born with syphilis. “Troubling general public health news, there has been an increase within new cases of HIV/Syphilis, inch the Milwaukee Health Department  tweeted . “Sadly this included infants in 2017, ” the message read.

The Milwaukee, wisconsin Health Department released a declaration that the entire city is suffering from an increase in  sexually transmitted infections  in young people ages 15 in order to 24.

The statement read, “Because educational institutions have a significant number of students within the 15-18 age group, we are working with the particular Milwaukee Health Department, in a collaborative and preventive effort, to share details with young people in middle educational institutions and high schools to keep all of them healthy and to protect their wellness. ”

Ugland told the newspaper how the number of those affected may grow.


“ (The cluster) was nevertheless considered ongoing;   they were ongoing to try to track down some folks, ” Ugland explained.

The former health commissioner Bevan Baker reportedly met with  Mayor Mary Barrett to brief him regarding the cluster in December and again at the begining of January. The meeting was a 7 days before  Baker resigned over troubles  with Milwaukee’s lead-poisoning prevention applications.  

In an effort to create public awareness, and stop further spread of disease, the particular Milwaukee Health Department is  starting a campaign  on the city’s open public transit system to inform riders regarding sexually transmitted diseases.