Wake County is seeing a spike in syphilis cases — mostly among teenagers and young adults

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Wake County Public Health is telling CBS 17 that there is a spike in syphilis cases and health experts say the number is rising across the country.

In 2016, Wake County recorded 242 cases. In 2021, that number rose to 362 cases. Young adults and teenagers make up a large portion of these numbers, and the rates are so high because there have been more symptomatic than asymptomatic cases.

The health department tells CBS 17 that education is key to reducing the numbers. They work with colleges and religious groups to educate people about the resources available and encourage them to get tested.

“The bottom line is, if you’re at risk for one, you’re at risk for another. That’s why we decided to reach out to outside organizations and see how we can work together as a county to address this high number of STDs,” said Nikita Spears, health education and public affairs supervisor for Wake County Public Health.

To learn more about Wake County’s prevention and testing efforts, click here.

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