Syphilis Cases Rising at Alarming Rates in Wyoming
Written by jordanmckamey on November 1, 2018
The Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) has detected an alarming increase in reported syphilis cases across Wyoming, especially in Fremont County
There have been 34 Wyoming cases reported so far in 2018, which represents a 36 percent increase over last year’s total for the entire year. With a reported 38 percent of this year’s cases, Fremont County is an area of current concern.
Quote, “Because of this increase, the department recently sent an alert to healthcare providers across the state encouraging them to promote testing and treatment with patients,” end quote, said Courtney Smith, Communicable Disease Surveillance Program Manager with WDH.
Having multiple sex partners, sex without a condom, or anonymous sex partners are risks connected with this recent increase.
Syphilis can be cured with antibiotics. If left untreated, syphilis can lead to serious complications such as dementia, blindness, numbness, paralysis and death.
Actions recommended by WDH include abstinence, limiting the number of partners, correct and consistent condom use and getting tested before starting a new sexual relationship. To learn more about the risk behaviors for syphilis infection, visit www.knowyo.org or contact a medical professional.