Syphilis: What You Need To Know
Syphilis is a disease transmitted through physical contact from person to person through oral, anal, and vaginal sex. While syphilis is easy to get, it is even easier to treat and cure with antibiotics. Mazzoni Center offers FREE syphilis screening at our Health Center, Washington West Project, and on our Mobile Testing Unit.
Recent information provided by The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (Division of Disease Control) shows that infectious syphilis cases are at epidemic levels in Philadelphia, especially in gay and bi-sexual men.
Because the early symptoms of this disease can be fairly mild and therefore difficult to detect without a proper test, it is recommended that all sexually active individuals get screened for syphilis every three months.
Early detection and treatment will stop further damage to your body as well as avoid the transmission of syphilis to others.
The PDPH has been working with Mazzoni Center and other community-based organizations to raise awareness, educate, and screen the community in order to eliminate syphilis infections in Philadelphia.
The following groups are particularly at risk for syphilis and should be tested every three months:
* Men who have sex with Men (MSM), including all partners
* Sexually active HIV-infected persons and their partners
* Persons with multiple sex partners, including sex workers and their partners
* Patients who are evaluated for or diagnosed with any sexually transmitted disease (including HIV)
* Sex partners of all known cases of syphilis
FREE Syphilis Screening Days and Locations:
Washington West Project (1201 Locust Street):
1PM to 5PM
6PM to 9PM
2PM to 5PM
1PM to 4PM
Mazzoni Health Center:
Call for an appointment: 215-563-0658
For More Information Contact:
Rashita Hurst, HIV and STD Manager
215-563-0652 extention 231 or email@example.com