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Asked by Anonymous in Syphilis
Jun 11, 2015
Why should my partner be notified if I have syphilis?
STDcounselor
Jun 14, 2015
The laws of which diseases and STDs are reportable will vary from country to country and from state to state. In the states and cities I know of syphilis is a reportable disease that must be reports to public health. This information is strictly confidential. A medical provider might be legally required to report a case of syphilis to the health department within 24 hours. This is done so certain diseases can be monitored. It's suppose to reduce the chance of a disease spreading, and the data is used to service the general public.

If a person has syphilis the health department or medical clinic often have a certificated Health Educator or Counselor available. The Counselor or Health Educator may ask questions about your sexual health. If needed the clinic may provide the option of them contacting a partner of yours. Of course this is an anonymous call.

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