Wal-Mart gift cards to combat syphilis

September 15, 2009 10:19:29 AM PDT
Wal-Mart gift cards are being used to help stop the spread of a venereal disease in North Carolina.Forsyth County is facing a syphilis epidemic.

Currently, there are 140 cases, which is more than triple the number of cases in all of last year.

Health workers are using Wal-Mart gift cards to fight the outbreak.

Officials recently went door-to-door asking people to get tested for syphilis and HIV, in exchange for $10 gift card to Wal-Mart.

The program was so successful that the cards ran out.

Forsyth County is about 100 miles west of Wake County.

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