I know it was a long year being off campus with Covid, but going around rawdogging life is not working out. Reports from Alaska to Texas are showing an alarming increase in syphilis … so, get it together folks.
That latex cock mask is more valuable than ever.
Infectious Disease Special Edition reported this month that cases syphilis in the country are higher than any time since 1994.
So… literally the highest point in most anyone who is reading this lifetime.
More syphilis now than since the mid-90s. Seriously, guys, this can’t be our legacy.
It gets worse: recent reports in ProPublica indicate that more than 129,800 syphilis cases were recorded in 2019 – and for a reference point, that is double the amount of cases from just five years prior. In the same period the syphilis cases quadrupled.
Here is the real problem, the infection has symptoms that can look like many other diseases giving it the wonderful medical nickname, ‘The Great Pretender,’ which may delay your prompt to go get tested. It is spread by direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal or oral sex but can also be found on the lips or in the mouth.
At its onset, the only evidence of infection is a painless, round sore at the corkscrew-shaped bacteria’s point of entry. Syphilis can (thankfully) be treated – and cured completely – by using antibiotics.
Without treatment, syphilis can spread to the brain, nervous system or eyes and treatment cannot undo any damage the infection has already caused.
While adding to your body count, do not make yourself a human petri dish.
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