According to the Gallatin County Health Department, reports of syphilis are on the rise with one to two new cases reported each week.

Left untreated, syphilis can cause severe health problems. According to the Health Department's Facebook page, high risk behaviors include unprotected sex, sex while intoxicated, hookups, and anonymous sex.

If you are concerned you may have contracted syphilis, contact Bridger Care immediately to schedule an appointment to be tested. They are a Bozeman-based not-for-profit care center. Bridger Care offers a sliding fee scale to patients to help make treatment more affordable. They also offer a wide variety of birth control options including free condoms.