The Riverside County Department of Public Health has expressed concern over a rising number of syphilis cases in the Northern Coachella Valley region of the county. We encourage all performers who have visited the area to be extra vigilant about the signs and symptoms of syphilis.

From the LA Department of Public Health:

  • Primary syphilis: A painless sore (or sores) called a chancre appears on, around, or inside the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus. The chancre appears 10 days to three months after exposure. The sore is full of bacteria and is very infectious. Many people never notice the chancre because it may be inside the vagina or somewhere else hard to see or feel. Chancres generally last two to six weeks and then disappear on their own.

  • Secondary syphilis: A few weeks after the chancres disappear, or sometimes at the same time, a rash may appear on the body, hands, and/or feet. The rash is infectious and can look like other rashes and even wart-like growths. Other symptoms may include mild fever, sore throat, wart-like growths on the genitals, or clumpy hair loss. These symptoms may go away quickly or come and go for about a year.

  • Latent syphilis: A year after infection, all symptoms usually disappear on their own and the person is no longer infectious to sex partners. However, the disease is still in the body, and if not treated can cause serious complications years later.
    (Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health)

PASS protocols include testing for active syphilis infection.

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