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Education is the Weapon to Fight Alarming Rise of Syphilis
Posted on: 7/19/2017

Syphilis is threatening the health of Illinois residents.


Although syphilis is curable with antibiotics, most cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, continue to go undiagnosed and untreated – placing individuals at risk for severe and often irreversible health consequences.

To help prevent new syphilis infections, the STD Section of the Illinois Department of Public Health has created a three-part clinical series focusing on early syphilis.

There are four different stages of syphilis: primary, secondary, early latent and late latent. Early syphilis refers to the first three stages – that’s when the disease is most infectious. 

Part one of the new series is available now!

  • Parts two and three will be released in August and September, respectfully.

From 2012 through 2016, infection rates skyrocketed: 

  • Chlamydia increased by 7 percent.
  • Gonorrhea increased by 17 percent.
  • Early syphilis increased by 60 percent.

Questions? Please contact IDPH’s Lesli Choat at 217-782-2747.

*Currently there is a national shortage of Benzathine penicillin G (bicillin). As syphilis is the only STD in which treatment is dependent upon the stage of the infection, it is critical to diagnose stages of infection accurately and treat accordingly.

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