According to latest data gathered, the number of syphilis cases in Vancouver, Canada continues to increase, especially among men who have sex with other men.
Public health officials in the region say that those that engage in homosexual sex are most likely to get infected with the STD.
Among the 561 new cases of syphilis reported last year in BC, 86% were found out to be among the residents of Vancouver and Richmond.
Back in 2012, the Lower Mainland recorded its highest syphilis rate in three decades, and since then, the number has continued to rise.
Health authorities in the area are encouraging everyone to educate themselves and become more aware of how they can prevent spreading the infection.
Everyone is advised to practice safe sex by using condoms all the time and getting tested for syphilis at least once a year, or more often if they are sexually active.
Syphilis is caused by bacteria that is transmitted through sexual intercourse and can trigger various symptoms such as rashes and sores and can lead to serious complications such as deep bone pain, blindness, and hearing loss.
You can use a rapid syphilis test kit to test for syphilis fast and accurately. STD Rapid Test Kits offers affordable and efficient rapid syphilis test kits for personal use.