Syracuse, N.Y. - Onondaga County Health department says they have seen a significant increase in cases of syphillis.
So far this year they have recorded 95 cases of syphilis in the county , which is more than three times the number of cases in all of 2020. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease and can be cured if detected early. It not only impacts the infected person and their partner but can seriously hurt an unborn child.
Most of the increase in new syphilis diagnoses is among non-Hispanic Black and Caucasian men aged 16 – 69 with a history of male to male sexual contact. The most prevalent age group is those in their mid-thirties.
Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed should call their healthcare provider. If you do not have a healthcare provider, the Onondaga County Health Department’s STD Center can provide testing and treatment.