Syphilis used to be a sexually transmitted disease that got quite a bit of attention for its highly contagious and serious effects on the body. With the advent of penicillin and education about the disease, syphilis rates decreased significantly. Despite that success, however, there is now a resurgence of the disease, and the Mille Lacs area is no stranger to it. The cause for the rise in cases is due to many factors, such as 21st century dating apps like Tinder and Grindr, as well as the need for fast money. The resurgence of syphilis, thought to have been mostly eradicated in the U.S., is now posing a major threat to public health. Minnesota has seen double-digit increases in cases of syphilis and gonorrhea, with a record high in 2016.