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Webinar: Working Together to Eliminate Syphilis in Our Communities
June 5, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
*Please note: Registration for this webinar is free for organizations who receive funding and support from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services STD Control Section. For all others, the cost is $25.*
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 27,814 cases of syphilis in 2016, a 17.6% increase since 2015. Syphilis can invade the nervous system at any stage of infection, and causes a wide range of symptoms, including headache, altered behavior, coordinating muscle movements, paralysis, sensory deficits, and dementia. Syphilis also increases the chance of acquiring HIV, and for pregnant women, syphilis can be transmitted to her unborn baby. 2016 data showed a 27.6% increase in congenital syphilis, compared to 2015 data at the national level. The City of Milwaukee recently made national news regarding an investigation conducted by public health staff in 2017. Of the 127 people identified in this social network, 76 had positive tests for syphilis and/or HIV.
Please join Dr. Paul Hunter for this timely webinar as we discuss how to prevent this treatable STD in the communities we serve. Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify syphilis infections in our communities
- Partner with Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS) and other health care professionals who diagnose and treat syphilis
- Understand syphilis staging, diagnosis, lab testing, and treatment recommendations
- Decrease missed opportunities in identifying congenital syphilis