Syphilis Makes Big Comeback
Cases nearly double in recent years, especially among men
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2014 4:26 PM CDT
The bacterium treponema pallidum, which causes syphilis.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Syphilis cases are rising sharply in the US, especially among gay and bisexual men, reports the CDC. The highest rates were among black men, but white and Hispanic men also saw noticeable increases, reports Reuters. From 2005 to 2013, the number of syphilis cases nearly doubled from 8,724 to 16,663, and 91% of those cases occurred among men in 2013. Over that same stretch, the annual rate rose from 2.9 to 5.3 cases per 100,000 people, reports NBC News.

“After being on the verge of elimination in 2000 in the United States, syphilis cases have rebounded," says the CDC report. Researchers warn that the increase among gay men is worrisome because it suggests unsafe sex practices that could also spread HIV. The CDC recommends that men who have sex with anonymous or multiple partners get screened for syphilis at least once every six months. While rarely fatal, the disease can lead to blindness and stroke.

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David D. Davidson
May 31, 2015 5:18 PM CDT
Homosexuals are human petri dishes. Treating them as normal is only going to lead to unending problems.
May 11, 2014 2:34 PM CDT
What? Syphilis growing in the gay community? I'm shocked! ...Not!....The following is what most liberals condone and support, and want it in a town near you, with your kids watching in broad daylight!:
May 10, 2014 6:36 PM CDT
After reading the article, I knew the comments here would be golden. Thank you for the lively entertainment. By the way, I work with an immigrant heavy population in Texas, and yes, there are some disease issues with them. I'm not trying to denigrate anyone, but it is true. The reality is, that people are coming from third world environments that lack in hygiene practices, vaccinations, health education etc. As for homosexuals, despite a person's feelings on their lifestyle, or whatever, it is a medical fact that sodomy has a higher rate of disease transmission versus vaginal intercourse. Here in my Texas city, I have seen a spike in vd cases recently. I have personally seen it in both genders, sex orientation and (scary) age brackets. It seems the older people cases are from prostitution (clients! I know how some of ya'll think). This really does suggest a reduction in protected sex. Not good!