Syphilis cases have been increasing steadily since 2014 (175% rate increase from 14.8 to 40.6 per 100,000 between 2014 and 2020) and for American Indians. The increase of cases is due to factors such as accessing quality sexual health services, distrust of healthcare systems, fear of discrimination, and negative feelings around testing and treatment for STIs.

Syphilis is nicknamed “The Great Pretender” and the symptoms can change over time and mimic many other diseases. Delayed treatment can also lead to many other health issues as well, which is why it is important to notice early signs or symptoms of Syphilis. Treatment for Syphilis is easy and effective and consists of a course of antibiotic treatment.

Who should be screened for Syphilis?

  • Anyone with symptoms, or a partner with symptoms
  • All pregnant women when they learn about their pregnancy, at 28 weeks and at their delivery.
  • Women who experience a stillbirth after 20 weeks of pregnancy
  • People who are incarcerated
  • People who use drugs
  • People who exchange money or drugs for sex

What are symptoms of Syphilis?

  • Sores referred to as “chancres” (may not have pain associated with them)
  • Non-itchy rash on palms of hands and soles of the feet
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Sore throat
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue

Watch the video below for more information regarding Syphilis, and text “NATIVE TEST” to 55251 for a free kit by mail to test for Syphilis and other STI’s or call the Perkins Family Clinic at 405-547-2473 to schedule an appointment.


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Rising Rates of Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis

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