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February 15, 2022 Comments Off on Syphilis Infections For Gay/Bisexual Men On The Rise In Metro Area Views: 665 Capitol Hill News, Community, Community Health & Wellness, Community News, Gay News, Health/Medical, Living, Medical, News, Sexual Health

Syphilis Infections For Gay/Bisexual Men On The Rise In Metro Area

You might think that Covid-19 might make folks more cautious about getting up and close and RAAAAAAL personal with one another and while that might have been the case in the early days of the pandemic, things have reverted back to “normal” when it comes to the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases like syphilis.

And, now syphilis infections are at record highs in the Seattle/Tacoma/Everett metro area and particularly so among men who identify as gay and bisexual…they are a whopping 72% of new infections in King/Pierce and Snohomish Counties.

That’s not a statitistic we need to embrace.

And, a very intimate penetrative “embrace” is how you get it…by coming into contact with a syphilis sore via oral, anal or vaginal sex. And, syphilis sores are sneaky…they can hide away in places where you might not easily see them or be aware of them. And, generally, the sores don’t cause pain so you can be unaware of the sore.

Note: it’s highly unlikely you would get syphilis from any sort of casual contact…this includes from a toilet seat. That’s an old wives tale. Syphilis is spread via intimate contact via mouth, anus, vagina OR (and very sadly) contracted via pregnancy where the syphilis is spread to the unborn child.

How do you prevent getting syphilis? Well, there’s always the preachy “Don’t have sex!” or “Only be monogamous!” options which sound both judgy and puritanical not to mention bordering on the unrealistic for many folks. Perhaps a better way to put it would be, “If you’re regularly having sex with different partners, be aware of risks and symptoms and take necessary precautions like using a condom”.

The new “Syphilis is Rising” campaign includes a very handy website with tons of information on it including lists of symptoms (and some rather scary photographs…) and lists of places to GO in the King/Pierce/Snohomish County area where you can be tested. That’s VERY handy if you don’t have a regular doctor or you’re nervous about getting “judged” by going to your regular health providers.

Here’s the list:

King County

Testing Site LinksHIVSTD
Center for Multicultural Health
Entre Hermanos
Gay City: Seattle’s LGBTQ Center
Lifelong
Out of the Closet
Planned Parenthood
POCAAN
Public Health – Seattle & King County Sexual Health Clinic at Harborview
UTOPIA

Pierce County

Testing Site LinksHIVSTD
Cedar River Clinics
Community Health Care – Downtown
Community Health Care – Eastside
PCAF
Planned Parenthood – Puyallup
Planned Parenthood – Tacoma
Sea Mar Community Health Centers
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Snohomish County

Testing Site LinksHIVSTD
Lifelong
Planned Parenthood
Snohomish Health District – Everett
The Everett Clinic

Go to https://syphilisrising.com/ for more information!

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