An increase of syphilis is being reported by Vanderburgh County Health officials.
Since January 1st of this year, 27 case have been reported. During this same time period in 2017, only 5 cases had been reported throughout southwestern Indiana.
This years increase is centered on men, specifically men who have sex with other men. Health officials claim that most of their partners meet each other online through social media, which is thought to be risky for these types of occurrences.
There are multiple symptoms of syphilis, such a rash on palms or hands, swollen lymph nodes, and sudden loss of hair. These symptoms can go away even without treatment, but you are still infected and contagious once they’re gone.
Syphilis is curable, but it is possible you can get re-infected.
The Vanderburgh County Health Department offers testing for syphilis and HIV. They are located at 420 Mulberry St in Evansville, Indiana, and they can be contacted at 812-435-5683.