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Syphilis


Are you Exposed?

Are you exposed to syphilis?Syphilis is spreading rapidly among gay men in the Coachella Valley. The increase in cases is dramatic and is impacting the health of individuals who are infected.

A common symptom is a sore on the penis, butt, or mouth, which can be followed by a rash. It is important to have routine examinations and to check out casual sex partners for signs of the disease.

Preventing syphilis is difficult because it spread through both oral and anal sex. Any direct skin to sore contact can spread it. Condoms help reduce the risk, but they are not completely protective.

Treatment for syphilis involves taking antibiotics. If you go untreated you can end up with serious brain or heart damage. Treatment for syphilis involves taking antibiotics. If you go untreated you can end up with serious brain or heart damage.

Get tested for Syphilis. The sooner you know, the sooner you can get back to health.

To get tested for Syphilis:

  • Contact your primary care provider
  • Call the Palm Springs Family Care Center (next door to Desert AIDS Project) at 800-720-9553 to schedule an appointment
  • Or contact your local Planned Parenthood