Health: Syphilis On The Rise Among Gay, Bi Men
In an alarming report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it was discovered that gay, bisexual, and other MSM (men who have sex with men) make up for most of the increase in syphilis infections in the United States since 2001.
The report, titled “State-Specific Rates of Primary and Secondary Syphilis Among Men Who Have Sex with Men”, looked at national data reported regularly by 44 states for 2015. It looked at the rates of infection among women, men who have sex with women only, and MSM. Among the three groups, MSM had the highest rates of syphilis incidence.
Syphilis infection among MSM was 106.0 times the rate among men who have sex with women only and 167.5 times the rate among women. Of the 23,872 reported primary and secondary syphilis cases in the United States in 2015, 12,118 (60.8%) were among MSM, including 10,942 (54.9%) among men who had sex with men only and 1,176 (5.9%) cases among men who had sex with both men and women.
North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, and New Mexico were the five states with the highest rate of syphilis infection among MSM. On the other hand, Alaska, Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, and Montana had the lowest rate of syphilis infection among MSM.
The CDC is calling on healthcare providers to screen sexually active MSM for syphilis at least annually and provide timely treatment according to national sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines.
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