Queensland faces syphilis surge, allocates $1 million for prevention

ABC News February 11, 2024, 09:00 PM UTC

Summary: In 2023, Queensland recorded over 1,300 syphilis cases, a 600% increase from 2013. The state government has allocated $1 million to eliminate new cases of congenital syphilis. The disease has caused 13 baby deaths and 35 diagnoses since 2009. The surge is attributed to increased sexual partners and decreased condom use, with women of reproductive age being particularly affected. The action plan includes public awareness, education, testing, and contact tracing.

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