A new population may be at risk for HIV. Here’s why.

Public health focuses HIV prevention activities to those at highest risk. In King County, that has meant decades of intensive work to reduce transmission of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM), the group most impacted by HIV locally.  As a result of that targeted strategy, the number of new cases of HIV […]

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Antibiotic resistant gonorrhea found in King County

Antibiotic resistance is a growing concern in the healthcare community. Antibiotic resistance is said to have occurred when an antibiotic loses its ability to effectively kill bacteria. The bacteria are “resistant” meaning that they continue to multiply, and the infected person is not cured. Public Health – Seattle & King County’s STD Clinic Director, Dr. […]

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Illicit fentanyl found locally in fake opioid pills

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office received results from the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory late last week that what looked like a bag of oxycodone pills came back positive for fentanyl. The large amount of fake pills were found on a decedent in King County. While the cause of death of the individual is […]

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Facebook Live follow-up: Your questions about supervised consumption sites and treatment

During a recent Q&A on Facebook LIVE, Dr. Jeff Duchin and Brad Finegood, co-chairs of the Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force, answered some questions about supervised consumption sites (also known as CHELs)—a public health service for people with substance use disorders. CHELs (Community Health Engagement Locations) are one component of a comprehensive approach that […]

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Syphilis rising: Public Health recommends more syphilis testing

Public Health has documented a significant increase in syphilis cases in King County. We sat down with Dr. Lindley Barbee, the Medical Director of the Public Health – Seattle & King County STD Clinic to understand the latest figures and how to prevent the spread of this disease. The HIV/STD program has documented an increase […]

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