Tenfold increase in Syphlis

August 20, 2005

epidemiology

To think that when I was in the Army 50 odd years ago I thought that Penicillin would allow us to eradicate syphilis. Now, from the University of New South Wales in Australia a report, which has just been published in the Medical Journal of Australia, Infectious syphilis notifications in inner Sydney rose more than 10-fold (from 6 in 1999 to 162 in 2003), and the increase was confined to men. Combined NSW Health data on infectious syphilis notifications from 1998-2003, a case series of 57 homosexually active men diagnosed with early syphilis in inner Sydney from December 2002 to January 2004 and a prospective cohort study of syphilis among 1333 HIV-negative homosexually active men in Sydney recruited from June 2001 to December 2003.