Twenty-one syphilis cases have been reported in Canyon County since January 2015 — almost four times the number expected by Southwest District Health.
“The majority of cases have been young Caucasian males (average age 29), gay or bisexual, who report both alcohol and substance abuse,” said Randi Pedersen, an epidemiologist for Southwest District Health. “We are concerned because many cases report meeting sex partners online.”
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. Symptoms can be mild or difficult to detect and can go away without treatment. If left untreated, the disease may lead to difficulty in muscle movement, blindness, paralysis, damage to internal organs, dementia or death.
People who think they may have been exposed can get a free, confidential blood test by calling 208-455-5345.
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Canyon County testing locations
Southwest District Health
▪ 13307 Miami Lane, Caldwell
▪ 208-455-5345, Monday-Friday
Canyon County Community Clinic
▪ 524 Cleveland Blvd., Suite 110, Caldwell
▪ 208-455-1143, Wednesday
Terry Reilly Health Services Caldwell Arlington Clinic
▪ 2005 Arlington Ave, Caldwell
▪ 208-459-1059, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday