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Pittsburgh, PA – Responding to a surge in Syphilis cases in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region, East Liberty-based Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force announces free rapid Syphilis testing available six days a week at its East Liberty office and at outreach testing events throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. New Syphilis testing complements the agency’s established HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Hepatitis C testing program.

Though Syphilis has been on the rise nationally since a historic low in 2001, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate in Allegheny County far exceeds the national rate. The Allegheny County Department of Health recently reported a 90 percent increase in the number of primary and secondary Syphilis cases in the county from 2014 to 2015, significantly outpacing the national growth rate of 19 percent for the same period. The total number of primary and secondary Syphilis cases in the county for 2015 was 129, compared with 68 cases the prior year.

In 2015, 93 percent cases of Syphilis in Allegheny County were in men and most were in men who have sex with men. The county also reported that 45 percent of people with Syphilis were HIV positive and 62 percent of people in this group were under 30.

Syphilis is spread during vaginal, anal or oral sex and it notoriously difficult to detect, because it has many possible symptoms, many of which can be mistaken for other things. The only way to know if you have Syphilis is to get tested. During the first (primary) stage of infection, individuals may develop a painless sore or sores that are often mistaken for an ingrown hair or harmless bump. Common symptoms of the secondary stage include skin rashes and flu-like symptoms.

Symptoms from both the primary and secondary stages will go away, whether or not an individual receives treatment. However, if left untreated, individuals may develop serious health complications between 10 and 30 years after the infection began. These complications can include difficulty coordinating muscle movement, paralysis, numbness, blindness, dementia, and even death.

Syphilis testing is available at the PATF office at 5913 Penn Avenue, and test results are available in 10 minutes. PATF’s onsite medical clinic offers treatment for Syphilis, along with other sexually transmitted infections. Visit www.patf.org for a full schedule of testing locations, days, and hours, along with additional information about our medical clinic.

About PATF
As the oldest and largest AIDS service organization in southwestern Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) is dedicated to supporting and empowering all individuals living with HIV/AIDS, and to be relentless in preventing the spread of infection. Combining vital social services with a new medical clinic, PATF continues its three decade history of leadership in providing comprehensive support that improves the health and quality of life for those living with HIV/AIDS in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland counties. For information, please contact PATF at 412-345-0592, aptaschinski@patf.org or visit www.patf.org.

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Clinic Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Call 412-248-0550 to make an appointment

 

Testing Hours:
Sun: Noon – 3:30 p.m.
Mon-Tue, Thu - Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wed: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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Food Pantry Hours*:
Sun: Noon-4:00 p.m.
Mon, Tues, Thu: Noon-4:00 p.m.
Wed: 3:00-7:00 p.m.

 

The food pantry is closed on Friday and Saturdays.

 

*Clients may use the food pantry once per month; Clients who are overdue for their 90-day updates will not be able to use the Food Pantry on Wednesday after 4 p.m., or on Sundays

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