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Benton Franklin Health Department STD Clinic Closes

PASCO, Wash. - If you need treatment for a sexually transmitted disease, do not look to the Benton Franklin County Health Department.  They will no long be providing treatment for STD's.

The Health Department has a nurse who treats about 25 patients a week.  She is leaving so instead of finding a new person the Heath Department wants to put the money towards more prevention efforts.

The Health Department said there are plenty of other places in the community where people can go for treatment and report high rates of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in both Benton and Franklin Counties.

The Heath Department thinks the money can be better used.  

Dr. Larry Jecha works for the Benton Franklin Health Department.  He said, "that same money and use it on the preventable side of the house because once you have the disease it's too late."

The clinic has been in operation since the building opened in the 1970's.  The health department said the STD clinic was costing them too much. 

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