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Washington: Increase in Syphilis Concerns Health Experts

March 21, 2011

Syphilis cases in King County reached a 30-year high last year, with the 283 reported cases representing an 82 percent increase over 2009, Public Health -- Seattle & King County said Friday. Officials are calling for increased testing and education for high-risk populations, especially men who have sex with men. Some 90 percent of cases last year involved MSM, with HIV-positive patients comprising 58 percent of MSM cases. "Condoms can prevent the spread of syphilis. However, many men are unaware that syphilis can be spread through oral sex," the news release said. "[MSM] need to ask their medical providers to test for syphilis," and should seek immediate medical attention if they develop a sore on their genitals or any type of new rash, said Dr. Matthew Golden, director of PHSKC's HIV/STD Program.

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Adapted from:
News Tribune (Tacoma)
03.19.2011; Associated Press

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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Syphilis -- a Dreadful Disease on the Move
Syphilis Fact Sheet
Basic Questions and Answers About Syphilis and Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM)
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