Community Health Alert: Syphilis

March 15, 2024

Syphilis Affect Anyone

Syphilis is on the rise in Alaska and poses a very serious health danger. Syphilis is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI, or STD) that can cause harmful complications or death if left untreated.

  • You can have syphilis and not know it

  • Anyone can pass it on, even to your unborn baby

  • It is preventable, and curable with the right treatment

 

As dangerous syphilis infections spread in Alaska and on the Kenai Peninsula, it is up to us to stop it in our community. Protect yourself and your loved ones:

  1. Get tested for syphilis

  2. Use condoms to prevent STIs

  3. Educate yourself about syphilis 

 

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Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink, urgently recommends that

“…adults under age 45 in Alaska should be tested for syphilis at least once this year.”

Although the spread of syphilis, congenital syphilis, and other STIs pose a serious health risk in our community, there is hope! Syphilis is preventable and curable with the right treatment. Take charge of your health. Stay informed, and get tested regularly. Syphilis can affect anyone, so don’t wait! Educate yourself and protect your loved ones. Let’s work together for a safer and healthier future for all Alaskans! 

Learn more about syphilis in Alaska from KBFPC’s CEO here