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Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Friday, September 5, 2014

For more information contact:
Frank Kruppa or Theresa Lyczko at 274-6600


Sexual Health and STD Prevention are Focus of Collaboration

(ITHACA, N.Y., September 5, 2014) — The Peace of Mind (POM) Community Partnership renewed its campaign to promote sexual health and to prevent sexually transmitted disease (STD) as a result of the increase in syphilis cases this past spring in the Central New York (CNY) region including Tompkins County.

Between January and June 2014, there were five cases of syphilis in Tompkins County identified in men ages 22 to 55 who reported having sex with men. Some of these cases were co-infected with other STDs. Most of the encounters were anonymous and were arranged through mobile dating apps. In comparison from 2009 to 2013, there have been on average 1 to 3 cases per year in Tompkins County. In the 14 county CNY region, preliminary New York State Department of Health data indicate there were approximately 60 cases of early syphilis in 2013. In the first half 2014 there have been approximately 30 cases.

POM’s new website: provides accurate information on sexual health and links to reliable, trusted, health resources. It also includes a listing of local sites that provide testing for syphilis, other STDs and HIV. The new website is formatted for smart phones for easy access to reliable information. The POM slogan – “Never underestimate the value of Peace of Mind,” encourages individuals to avoid risky sexual behavior and to get tested for STDs.

Members of the partnership include the Tompkins County Health Department, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, Gannett Health Services at Cornell University, Hammond Health Center at Ithaca College, Southern Tier AIDS Program, and health services at TC3.

POM partnership urges everyone – men and women - to take precautions and to avoid risky sexual behavior. Along with syphilis, unprotected sex increases exposure to other sexually transmitted diseases including gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV.

POM strongly recommends that anyone who suspects that they may be at risk for STDs be tested so that they can receive timely treatment, prevent further spread of STD and for their own Peace of Mind.

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