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02 August 2011

Syphilis up among gays and bisexuals

The rising US syphilis rate appears to be disproportionately striking minority gay and bisexual men, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.

The rising US syphilis rate appears to be disproportionately striking minority gay and bisexual men, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported.

Health officials are concerned about the resurgence, not only because of syphilis itself, but also because the infection makes people more vulnerable to contracting HIV.

Shift in age of affection by syphilis

The new findings, reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, show that minorities – and young men, in particular – are being hit hardest by syphilis.

 
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