The number of cases reported in the Kerry – Cork region has increased threefold in the past twelve months.
The Irish Examiner reports, in the first half of last year, seven cases of syphilis were reported in the Kerry – Cork region.
There was a marked increase in the second time of 2015 with 21 cases reported.
Between January and June of this year 23 cases have been reported so far.
Public health statistics provided by the HSE indicate 80% of cases reported to them are between men who have sex with other men.
The disease can have long terms health effects and can affect men or women.
It may however be treated successfully with antibiotics.
Men who have sex with other men – or women with male partners who have had sex with other men – are advised to undergo an STI test and to use condoms.