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Thurston syphilis cases rise causing Dept. of Health concerns!

Zandt Bryan, Sexual Health and Prevention Program Manager at the Department of Health, underscored the urgent need for heightened awareness and proactive measures to combat the increasing prevalence of STIs, particularly syphilis, during the Thurston’s Board of Health meeting on April 9, 2024. Credit: The JOLT staff photo via YouTube.

State warns against increasing syphilis cases in Thurston County

Over the past six years, reported cases of syphilis have surged by an unprecedented 292%.

Excerpt from The JOLT News:

A representative from the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) raised concern about the increasing number of cases of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), particularly syphilis, in the county during the county’s Board of Health (BOH) meeting on April 9.

Zandt Bryan, Sexual Health and Prevention Program Manager at the Department of Health, underscored the urgent need for heightened awareness and proactive measures to combat the increasing prevalence of STIs, particularly syphilis.

“Many of those affected are among those most in need in our communities, such as people who are unstably housed and affected by substance use disorders,” said Bryan. “This means that Washington State, similar to the rest of the nation, now sees increasing cases of syphilis among cisgender women.”

Bryan drew attention to the alarming statistics regarding syphilis cases in Thurston County. Over the past six years, reported cases of syphilis have surged by an unprecedented 292%, reflecting a concerning trend observed statewide, which saw a 153%-increase.

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STI Awareness Month

Thurston’s BOH officially proclaimed April as STI Awareness Month during the same meeting.

The board said its proclamation aims to elevate awareness, diminish stigma, and encourage individuals to prioritize their sexual health through regular testing, diagnosis, and treatment.Thurston seeks to empower residents to prioritize their well-being and that of their partners by fostering open discussions about sexual health and connecting individuals with healthcare providers.

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