Syphilis Resources for the community
What can YOU do?
While syphilis had become quite rare in Minnesota by the late 1990s, since 2000 the number of early syphilis cases has increased over 200%. In 2007, 114 new cases were reported to MDH, of whom 90% were gay/bisexual men and 41% were HIV positive. Geographically, syphilis is concentrated in the metro area, with almost 70% of new cases being reported in Hennepin County.
Those are the statistics. But syphilis doesn't care about statistics; it doesn't care about where we live or how we identify, it cares about what we do. Therefore, it is important to:
Learn about syphilis. Know how syphilis is transmitted and if you are at risk. Check out our syphilis info page for a start, or download our syphilis informational brochure, Syphilis: What you should know, what you can do (PDF: 1MB/2 pages).
Be safe. If you don't know how, find out.
Get tested. Whether it's at one's family doctor's or at a community clinic, it's important for those at risk to get tested regularly. And cost is NOT a barrier. If you don't know where, start looking for a testing site here.
Get treated. It's important for those who have syphilis to get treated and follow up with their health care provider as instructed.
Tell your partners. Is it easy? Not usually. Is it essential? Always. This information is too important to do anything less. And if needed, there is help from MDH Partner Services. Check it out.
For more information on syphilis, call 651-201-5414
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