Syphilis rampant in Mildura

CASES of syphilis in Mildura have risen by a staggering 675 per cent in just five years, prompting health care professionals to urge locals to look after their sexual health and get screened.

The statistics, released by the Department of Health and Human Services yesterday to coincide with STI Testing Week, (September 9-15), show that Victoria had the highest number of STI’s reported since records began in 1991.

“The last decade has seen record increases in STIs such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis, here and across Australia,” Victoria’s deputy chief health officer Dr Brett Sutton said.

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