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Your STD notification may have been a prank call, Kansas health department says

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Talking about sex may not be a regular part of your doctor-patient relationship, but it should be. This can be especially true for adolescents and young adults who are disproportionately impacted by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Nearly hal
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Talking about sex may not be a regular part of your doctor-patient relationship, but it should be. This can be especially true for adolescents and young adults who are disproportionately impacted by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Nearly hal

A health department in southwest Kansas says its phone number was spoofed in a series of prank phone calls about sexually transmitted disease notifications.

“Attention: Our phone number has been used in prank phone calls about false STD notifications,” the Finney County Health Department said in a Facebook post. “These calls are NOT FROM US!”

The caller is making prank phone calls where the health department’s phone numbers shows up on the caller ID, Finney County officials said in a news release. The call consists of a recording that tells people they have been identified as possibly contracting an STD or having sexual relations with someone who has an STD.

“We would never discuss your private health information in a recording, we will always ask your permission to discuss sensitive health information over the phone, and we will always identify ourselves as employees of the Finney County Health Department,” the department said.

More information on sexually transmitted diseases and walk-in screenings is available online at www.finneycounty.org/148/Sexually-Transmitted-Illnesses.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention released data showing that doctors diagnosed more than 2 million people with syphilis, gonorrhea or chlamydia in 2016. That's a record high in the United States.

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