Sep 2, 2015 1:02 PM by News Staff
Butte County health officials are reporting a major increase in cases of the sexually transmitted disease syphilis.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection spread through sexual contact with an infected person and develops in stages with varying symptoms.
According to the Butte County Public Health Department, from January through June 2015, a total of 12 confirmed syphilis cases were reported, compared with only two cases in 2014 during the same time period.
Those infected could go years without noticing symptoms, but if left untreated syphilis can cause permanent health problems, including blindness and damage to the heart, brain and spinal cord.
“Testing and treatment for syphilis is quick and simple. We urge people at risk to get tested often, as symptoms may be hard to recognize” states Butte County Health Officer, Dr. Mark Lundberg.
Low-cost STD testing is available at BCPHD clinics in both Chico and Oroville. For more information or to make an appointment please call 891-2731 in Chico or 538-7341 in Oroville.