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Surge in Syphilis Infections Triggers Alarm in Fukuoka

The number of syphilis cases, a sexually transmitted infection (STI), is seeing a rapid rise. In Fukuoka Prefecture, the infection rate is increasing at a pace higher than the previous record set last year. The prefecture is urging individuals with concerns to seek medical attention. 

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that spreads through sexual contact, including acts like kissing. It manifests as red rashes on areas like the palms of the hands, and while treatable with medication, neglecting it could lead to severe complications. Furthermore, infected pregnant women face elevated risks of miscarriage or stillbirth.

According to Fukuoka Prefecture, as of May 28th, there have been 284 reported cases this year, a 1.7-fold increase compared to the same period last year. The prefecture is appealing to individuals with symptoms like painless sores or rose-like rashes, or those feeling anxious, to consult healthcare facilities.

Additionally, Fukuoka Prefecture is offering free testing at public health centers within the region (health care center for testing). Particularly, from the 1st to the 7th of the month, in line with HIV Testing Week, some health centers are offering additional testing for syphilis during evening hours and weekends. The authorities have emphasized that the tests can be taken anonymously, and further information regarding testing hours or need for reservations can be found on their website. Source: Fukuoka Prefecture / NHK

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Fukuoka Prefecture
Published: Jun 2, 2023 / Last Updated: Jun 2, 2023

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