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Syphilis on the Rise, Especially in Men Who Have Sex with Men — Physician’s First Watch

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May 9, 2014

Syphilis on the Rise, Especially in Men Who Have Sex with Men

By Cara Adler

Syphilis rates have nearly doubled in the past decade, with the steepest rise among men who have sex with men (MSM), according to an analysis of national data in MMWR.

From 2005 to 2103, annual rates of primary and secondary syphilis increased from 2.9 to 5.3 cases per 100,000 population. Increases were greatest among men, who accounted for 91% of cases in 2013, and were seen in men of all ages, races/ethnicities, and geographic regions. The rise was especially pronounced among MSM, who accounted for about 80% of cases in men. Among women, rates increased from 2005 to 2008 and dropped thereafter.

Notably, syphilis was at record low levels in 2000.

Calling the syphilis increase in MSM "a major public health concern," the researchers recommend promoting prevention measures, including safer sex practices, syphilis screening, and partner notification.

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Ajay Sharma Physician, Hematology, Army Research & Referral Hospital, Delhi Cantt, New Delhi-110010,India

This is a preventable disease which is the fallout of a social behaviour. The world could muster the opinion against practices promoting HIV infection & could contain it. We need to be aware of the harm done by unsafe practices like these, which allow this disease known to people in last century as a Royal Disease for the similar reasons...Lest it acquires the insurmountable proportions.

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