Syphilis On The Ris In Portland, Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Health officials held a Town Hall meeting Monday night to discuss a worrisome rise in syphilis cases in the Portland area. Syphilis was all but wiped out around 2000. Now it’s finding a second life, particularly in Multnomah County. In 2008, there were just 20 cases of syphilis reported in the area. Five years later, that number jumped to 239.”Of all the large, urban areas in the country we’re the fifth highest in terms of rates of syphilis,” Kim Toevs with Multnomah County Health Department told KOIN 6 News. In recent years, the infection’s rise has been tied to gay and bisexual men, particularly those infected with HIV, who make up more than half of the new infections in Oregon. The rise in syphilis cases is steepest in Multnomah County — between 2010 and 2013, the number of cases jumped from 64 to 239. During the same time period, Washington County’s number went from 16 to 70. If left untreated, syphilis can cause serious health problems including vision and hearing loss.
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