Friday, January 25, 2013

Did you know that syphilis is a growing problem among Denver’s gay community?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) spread by direct contact during vaginal, anal or oral sex. Anyone can get syphilis, but in Denver it is most common among gay men and men who are having sex with men. 
The truth is: if you’re a man having sex with men in the Denver area, you could be at risk. Consider these facts: 

·     Approximately 90% of all new early syphilis cases in Denver are in men who have sex with other men.

·     Since 2007, early syphilis cases have increased by 340% in Colorado.

·     In just one year (Oct. 2011 – 2012), early or infectious cases of syphilis increased 57%.

·     Most infections have occurred in men who have sex with men, many of whom are living with HIV. This makes it very important to be screened for other STDs, including syphilis, at least every six months. 

The good news is that syphilis is easily detected - through a blood test - and cured using antibiotics.

If you’re sexually active, Denver Public Health recommends routine STD testing at least every three months if you have HIV and every 6 months otherwise. It’s also recommended to make STD testing a routine habit – schedule it every six months just like you would for your dental check-up.

Ready to know your status? Find a convenient testing location today.