Fri May 6th, 2022
Tags: bacterial infections, chlamydia, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), gonorrhea, HIV acquisition and transmission, HPV (human papillomavirus), La Plata County, San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH), Syphilis, syphilis cases
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has issued an alert for La Plata County for an increase in syphilis cases over the past 12 months in comparison to previous years. San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) encourages residents in both Archuleta and La Plata counties to educate themselves and take action toward reaching their best sexual health. In SJBPH’s jurisdiction, cases of syphilis were 40 percent higher in 2021 than in 2020, with the trend continuing to increase in 2022.
Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia are bacterial infections that can increase the risk of HIV acquisition and transmission. It is critical that individuals who are at high risk for STIs and HIV, particularly men who have sex with men, get tested every three months.
SJBPH urges the public to take the following steps to take control of their sexual health: