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Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017

Your help needed in reducing syphilis rates

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's (KDHE's) Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention is alerting Kansas providers to the ongoing increase in syphilis cases. Kansas had 300 cases of early syphilis reported, (124 cases of primary and secondary syphilis, and 176 cases of early latent syphilis) during calendar year 2016. This is a 52% increase from CY2014. Please visit the STI/HIV website for a short video from CDC outlining three key actions healthcare providers can take to help reverse rising syphilis rates.

Please report all positive tests, diagnoses (including suspect and probable diagnoses), and treatment for syphilis to KDHE following the current CDC treatment guidelines.

Contact the STI/HIV Section of KDHE at 785-296-6174 with any questions.