The Oklahoma City-County Health Department and the Oklahoma State Department of Health have confirmed an outbreak of more than 75 diagnosed syphilis cases in Oklahoma County connected to a specific social network between the ages of 14 and 47 years old. Officials say the most common risk factors associated with the increase include drug use, exchanging sex for money or drugs, or having multiple sex partners. Health officials have activated their outbreak response procedures that include targeted investigations, testing and treatment. Officials say it's important to go to your healthcare provider immediately if you think you have syphilis, even if the symptoms go away. With the right antibiotics, syphilis can be cured. However, treatment might not undo any damage already caused by the infection.
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