At home STD test

By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the syphilis situation in Alaska, state health officials report seeing higher percentages of cases in women and men who have sex with women (MSW), while reporting a lower percentage in men who have sex with men (MSM).


In a comparison of 2018 and 2019 data from the Department of Health, Alaska reported 97 cases in all of 2018 and 87 cases during the first eight months of 2019.

The percentage of cases seen in MSM is lower in 2019 to date–34 percent compared to 73 percent in 2018.

In MSW (some of whom also have sex with men but did not self identify as gay), it went from 17 percent last year to 33 percent year to date.

In women, the percentage of cases also increased from 10 percent last year to 34 percent this year so far.