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Welcome back to campus! While you're starting off your school year, remember to visit us at the Women's Resource Center. If you'd like a scholarship, work study, or volunteer position with us, remember that interviews take place from September 3-7. The application is TWO PARTS on tru positions in tru view. We would love to have you!
Have a safe and happy first week of classes!
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Happy first day of August! Believe it or not, school will be starting back up in just a couple of weeks, and the WRC is excited to begin the fall semester. We will be hiring for scholarship, work study, and volunteer positions this semester with interviews taking place September 3-7. If you are interested or know anybody who is, applications are on tru positions in truview. And, put August 29th in your calendar to come talk to us at the activities fair!
We hope that you have a great and relaxing last few weeks of summer!
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4 months ago

Truman State University Women's Resource Center
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The WRC would like to take a moment today to personally thank Colleen Ritchie. For those that don't know, Colleen Ritchie is the one responsible for making the Student Giving Campaign possible. Her generosity provided the funds that 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place received for participating in the campaign (a total of $3,500). On top of that, Colleen also agreed to match all Tel-Alumni donations 1-to-1. This gave the WRC an extra $1,393 to donate to our cause.

Thank you so much Colleen! Your generosity will not go unnoticed!
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Women of Truman,

Spring break is here! The WRC would like to remind you to stay safe and have fun on your week off! We will have a plethora of events for all of you in the weeks after we come back! We hope to see all of your shining faces again soon!
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Cause: Caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. Transmitted from skin-to-skin contact with fluid from an open syphilis sore during unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal sex.
Symptoms: There are often no symptoms, and if there are they are very similar to other infections. Syphilis alternates between an active state and an inactive state. If syphilis is in an inactive state, you will not show any symptoms even though you have the infection. When symptoms do occur, they occur in stages as defined below.

  • Primary: A painless sore can develop where syphilis entered the body. Often it will not be noticeable, but if there is a sore then it increases the chances of getting or passing HIV. The sore occurs most often in the genital area and occurs anywhere from 3-90 days after contact. The sore will go away on its own in a few weeks, but the syphilis infection will continue to progress.
  • Secondary: A non-itchy rash can develop anywhere from 14-90 days after being infected with syphilis. The rash can appear anywhere but is mostly found on the chest, belly, genitals, and palms of hands and soles of feet. Headache, fever, hair loss, swollen lymph nodes and bumps or patches in the mouth, anus, penis, or vagina can occur.
  • Latent (Hidden) Stage: If syphilis is not treated, it progresses to a hidden stage that can last up to 30 years or more. This can lead to complications.
  • Late stage: Untreated syphilis can cause damage to the brain, heart and other organs, which could even lead to death.
  • Neurosyphilis: Infection of the central nervous system that can occur at any stage. Symptoms can include a headache, dizziness, personality changes, balance problems, dementia, vision changes, hearing loss, and numbness/weakness in the legs.

Testing: Most results are accurate 3 weeks after contact with syphilis.
Syphilis is diagnosed with a blood test and fluid from sores can be swabbed.
Treatment: A special kind of penicillin is used (there is a different kind of treatment available for those with a penicillin allergy). You must take the medication exactly as prescribed and take all the pills, even if you feel better. While treatment can cure syphilis, it can’t undo damage caused by syphilis in the late stage.
You will need to abstain from oral, vaginal, and anal sex for 14 days after the initiation of treatment.

You will be asked about who you had sex within the past 3-12 months. This is because syphilis is a reportable infection. Anyone you have sex with will need to be tested and treated. Partners are almost always given medication whether they have symptoms or not.

Center For Disease Control On Syphilis 

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