By Claire Vernon, PhD
This year during STD awareness month, the CDC is highlighting the resurgence of syphilis.[i]
The number of new syphilis cases reached a historic low in 2000 but have nearly quadrupled since then.[ii] Men who have sex with men have the highest rate of new syphilis cases[iii] and also the highest risk. An increase in syphilis cases in women overall, as well as pregnant women and newborns,[iv] is also notable and concerning. Stillbirth or neonatal death can occur in up to 40% of babies born to women with untreated syphilis.
By talking about STDs, the risk of STD infection, and what we can do to prevent and treat them, we can reduce the spread of syphilis and other STDs. Prevention partners, healthcare providers, and individuals can all find STD prevention resources on the CDC website.[v]