There has been a radical increase in the number of syphilis cases in Detroit, and state health authorities are alerting the public through a new campaign.

Syphilis has been seen mostly in the younger population with those individuals who are sexually active. Because the signs and symptoms are sometimes hard to detect, many do not know that they have the disease. As such, they are spreading the disease to others unknowingly.

The Institute for Population Health has done analyses of the primary and secondary stage cases. Male African Americans were found to be the most affected population. Half of these men are either bisexual or homosexual, and nearly half of them tested positive for HIV as well. From 2011 to 2013, the number of cases for syphilis has increased. In 2013, it was up to 23 cases from 2011.

The health officials in Detroit are urging all residents to be tested for syphilis. To do this, the officials have created a campaign of public awareness, noting the signs and symptoms. HIV is much more easily transmitted when the person has syphilis. The risk increases by two to five times. For this reason, there is a parallel in both infections. This is according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control).

Patients of syphilis experience rashes on the soles of the feet and palms of the hands. There may also be sores inside the mouth, in the anus or around the genitals. To prevent this disease from spreading, STD testing in Detroit is absolutely imperative. Those who are sexually active and particularly those who have multiple partners are specifically affected.

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