Syphilis makes comeback (US CDC)

Syphilis makes comeback (as per US CDC), especially with gay and bisexual men, putting children at risk.

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Syphilis and HIV: A Dangerous Duo Affecting Gay and Bisexual Men
Blog about the impact of syphilis and HIV among gay and bisexual Men
(December 13, 2012)

“…primary and secondary syphilis [P&S syphilis] rates are increasing among gay and bisexual men, who now account for more than 70% of all infections….”
“….There is an estimated 2- to 5-fold increased risk of acquiring HIV if exposed to that infection when syphilis is present, and studies have also shown that syphilis will increase the viral load of someone who is already HIV infected. This is especially concerning, as data from several major cities throughout the country indicate that an average of four in 10 MSM with syphilis are also infected with HIV….”

2011 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance (December 13, 2012)

“Syphilis remains a major health problem with increases persisting among men who have sex with men (MSM). Cases among MSM have been characterized by high rates of HIV co-infection and high-risk sexual behaviors.3–7 The estimated proportion of P&S syphilis cases attributable to MSM increased from 7% in 2000 to 64% in 2004.8,9 In 2005, CDC requested that all state health departments report the sex of sex partners for persons with syphilis. Of reported male cases with P&S syphilis, sex of sex partner information in 2011 was available for 83%. In 2011, 72% of P&S syphilis cases in 46 states and the District of Columbia that provided information about sex of sex partners were among MSM.”


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