Only a decade ago, syphilis was on the verge of being eradicated in the United States. However, a recent study released November 22 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported a startling 39% increase for syphilis since 2006.
Specifically, syphilis is disproportionately high among men who have sex with men (MSM), and this demographic accounts for 62% of reported cases. The rate among black men, ages 16-24, has tripled.
The CDC reports describes these increases as a “concerning new trend.” Syphilis is preventable, and better screening and treatment needs to be established to address this growing problem. The CDC recommends that MSM are tested annually for syphilis, as well as Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV.
This recent report also has some positive news. While syphilis has had a dramatic increase in MSM and black males, there was a 7% decrease among women.
Chlamydia cases have risen 3% in 2009, but the CDC reports this increase as “stable.” This increase is not necessarily mean a higher prevalence disease, but is rather an indication that more people being tested.
Most notably, gonorrhea is at a record low since tracking began in 1941.
If untreated, syphilis can cause blindness and damage to the heart, brain, and organs. Pregnant women can also transmit syphilis to their infant. Chlamydia and gonorrhea can also cause permanent reproductive damage and infertility in women. If detected early, these three disease can be easily cured with proper medication.
Common misspellings for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis include: klamydia, clamidia, chlamidia, clymidia, klamidia, gonorrhoea, gonorrhoeao, ganaria, gonnorhea, gonorrhea, sifilis, syphillis, and siphilis.