Syphilis is rapidly increasing!


2023/08/28 Monday Announcements, Health

Protect yourself and your loved ones!

Currently, the number of reports of syphilis is increasing.

It has continued to increase since 2010, and will increase even more from 2021 onwards.

  • Infections are most prevalent among men in their 20s to 50s and women in their 20s.
  • If you are infected with syphilis, you may develop small lumps in your genitals or mouth, or a non-painful or itchy rash on your palms or other areas.

It may spread throughout the body.  Additionally, even if these symptoms disappear, the virus remains contagious.

  • If left untreated, lesions can develop in multiple organs such as the heart, blood vessels, and brain over a period of several years to decades, and can sometimes lead to death.
  • Syphilis infection during pregnancy is especially dangerous. When a pregnant woman is infected with syphilis, the infection not only affects the mother but also the fetus through the placenta, which can lead to stillbirth or premature birth, as well as neurological and bone abnormalities in the unborn child.  Even if there are no symptoms at birth, symptoms may develop later.

About prevention, testing, and treatment

  • Proper use of condoms can reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections.
  • If you have symptoms or are worried, get tested early to protect yourself and your loved one.
  • Your partner may also be infected.  If you are found to be infected, your partner should also be tested.
  • If treated early, syphilis can be cured with injections or oral medications.

Click here if you would like to take a test at a public health center in Mie Prefecture

If you would like to consult in a foreign language, please call Mieco (Mie Foreign Consultation Support Center).

[Telephone number] 080-3300-8077

[Reception hours] Monday to Friday 9:00 to 17:00 (closed on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and New Year’s holidays)

[Supported languages] English, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepali, Indonesian, Thai, Japanese.

Don’t you want to take an HIV test?

2023/08/28 Monday Announcements, Health


All health centers (hokenjo) in Mie Prefecture offer AIDS consultations and HIV testing.

In addition to HIV testing, you can also be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and syphilis viruses.

If you are concerned about your health, take this opportunity to get tested.

  • The test is anonymous and free

Consultations are available on weekdays from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Check the table below for test dates and times.

  • What is HIV and AIDS?

HIV infection does not necessarily mean AIDS.

AIDS is a disease in which the immune system is weakened by HIV infection, and serious illnesses eventually develop.

  • What is the current status of HIV and AIDS?

The onset of AIDS symptoms can be prevented through early detection of the infection and initiation and continuation of treatment, thanks to medical advances.

  • What type of test is an HIV test?

The test is performed in the following order: reception, pre-test consultation and blood collection (some mls).  The result is reported after 1 week.

  • When is the HIV test done?

The early stages of HIV infection may not be detected by the test.  If you want to be sure if you are infected or not, get tested at least three months after the possible infection.

Health Centers Telephone (in Japanese only) Examination date and time (Closed on Holidays and the New Year holiday between December 28 and January 3)
Kuwana Hokenjo 0594-24-3625 Every Tuesday 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Suzuka Hokenjo 059-382-8672 Every Tuesday (*1) From 9am to 10:30am
Tsu Hokenjo 059-223-5184 Every Tuesday (*2) From 3pm to 4.30pm
Matsusaka Hokenjo 0598-50-0531 Every first and third Tuesday of the month (*3) From 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Ise Hokenjo 0596-27-5137 Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month (*3) From 9am to 11am
Iga Hokenjo 0595-24-8045 Every first and third Tuesday of the month (*3) From 9am to 11am
Owase Hokenjo 0597-23-3454 Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month From 9am to 10am
Kumano Hokenjo 0597-89-6115 Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month (*3) From 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Yokkaichi Hokenjo 059-352-0595 Every Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm                                          Fourth Wednesday of the month, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm

*1 Until the end of August, open on the first and third Tuesday of the month

*2 Until the end of September, open on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month

*3 Reservation required