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San Antonio’s Metro Health offering free Fiesta medals with STD/HIV screenings Wednesday

April 19, 2017 GMT

Metro Health is hosting Fiesta de Salud Wednesday afternoon in Crockett Park, where city officials will offer free STD, HIV, cholesterol and blood pressure tests along with 2017 fiesta medals.

Chlamydia and gonorrhea infections have reached the highest rates ever recorded in Bexar County, and state data shows that syphilis and HIV rates in the county have increased, as well.

In 2015, more than 13,000 Bexar County residents were diagnosed with chlamydia and more than 3,900 with gonorrhea. The infection rates were 44 percent and 66 percent higher, respectively, than the U.S. rates, which also increased in 2015, the most recent year state data is available.

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Those with chlamydia don’t often experience symptoms, leading many to spread it unknowingly. If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to infertility or pelvic inflammatory disease in women. Untreated gonorrhea can threaten both men’s and women’s ability to have children.

There will be games and raffles at Fiesta de Salud from 3 to 8 p.m., and fitness classes at 5:30 p.m. Fiesta medals will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis to those who get tested.

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