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Syphilis is more contagious than HIV, and can spread through all kinds of sexual encounters.
It is also easy to spread because the symptoms are sometimes hard to identify, including painless sores inside the vagina, rectum, and/or mouth. Luckily, it’s easier than ever to get tested and treated.

Since 2012, there has been a large increase in cases of syphilis, primarily among men having sex with other men. This group remains at high risk and syphilis is occurring within heterosexual networks as well.

Syphilis can be dangerous and deadly in children born to syphilis-infected mothers.
Most people with casual sex partners should get tested every 6-12 months. More regular testing for all sexually transmitted and blood borne illnesses is also a good idea if you are using intravenous drugs. It is a good idea to seek testing when you have any symptoms, have concerns about your sexual health or have a past or current partner who has an STI.

Testing continues to be recommended for men who have sex with casual or anonymous male partners every three months. 

Interlake-Eastern RHA’s public health representatives recommend that all residents take the time to learn more about syphilis and how to get tested. Explore these links for more information.

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