Syphilis cases rising, disproportionately affecting non-whites; awareness crucial

Financial Times April 1, 2024, 12:00 PM UTC

Summary: Syphilis cases in the US are at their highest since 1950, with over 3,700 babies born with syphilis in 2022. Globally, 7.1 million people aged 15-49 contracted syphilis in 2020. Structural racism exacerbates the issue, with non-whites disproportionately affected. Changing sexual habits and lack of awareness contribute to the epidemic. Routine testing is crucial, as syphilis is treatable with penicillin. Awareness campaigns aim to combat the rising cases.

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