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Syphilis is on the Rise

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Syphilis is on the Rise.
Get tested at your GP now!

Syphilis is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) that often has no symptoms. It can be passed around by sucking dick, getting your dick sucked, anal (top or bottom), rimming, fingering and sharing sex toys. It can also be spread through intimate or skin to skin contact with someone who has syphilis.

There are a range of symptoms depending on the stage of syphilis infection and may range from sores, through to a rash and swollen glands. There may be no symptoms.

Condoms help a lot to protect you from syphilis, but even if you use condoms for anal sex or sex with women, you can become infected. That’s why it’s important to get a test regularly just to make sure you’re alright. And the good news is that syphilis infections are completely curable with antibiotics!

In Western Australia the number of cases of syphilis among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the 2015/16 financial year have more than doubled* in comparison to the previous financial year.

Testing

Syphilis testing is via a blood test and swabs may be taken if you have sores. For those that are HIV positive, it’s recommended to get tested for syphilis every 3 months along with regular HIV blood tests.

Where to Get Tested

You can go to your GP and get a syphilis test as part of your routine STI testing or go to a sexual health clinic such as: M Clinic, South Terrace Clinic or the Royal Perth Hospital Sexual Health Clinic

Other Information

The websites below contain further information about sexually transmitted infections.

M Clinic    http://www.mclinic.org.au/
Drama Downunder     http://www.thedramadownunder.info/
Ending HIV    http://endinghiv.org.au/

 Factsheets:

Syphilis - the facts: download
For GP's - Asymptomic STI Screening for MSM: download

*Source: Communicable Disease Control Directorate
Total WA Syphilis notifications increased 142% from the 2014-15 Financial Year (107) to the 2015-16 Financial Year (259), and 171% higher than the 5 year mean (95.6)
MSM metro notifications increased 152% from the 2014-15 Financial Year (65) to the 2015-16 Financial Year (164).

 
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