You should get tested regularly if you are pregnant, are a man who has sex with men, have HIV infection, and/or have partner(s) who have tested positive for syphilis.
83% of reported male primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis cases where sex of sex partner is known are among men who have sex with men (MSM).
Syphilis is easy to cure in its early stages. Pregnant women should be tested regularly for syphilis because infection with syphilis can cause serious problems in a baby.
Update to Public Health Reporting and National Notification for Syphilis (September 4, 2017)
The Rising Tide of Syphilis: Coming to a Patient Near You – New Medscape commentary from Dr. Gail Bolan, Division of STD Prevention Director, addresses the nationwide syphilis increases and the specific actions clinicians can take to make a difference.
Reducing Rising Syphilis Rates: A Healthcare Provider’s Role – New video walks healthcare providers through the three key actions that they can take to help reverse the rising syphilis rates: Talk, Test, and Treat. (July 11, 2017)
Let’s Work Together to Stem the Tide of Rising Syphilis in the United States: CDC issues a call to action for communities impacted by the STD and other groups who have the power to reduce the burden of infection through research, treatment, and outreach. The document also lists how CDC will contribute to reducing syphilis burden. (April 25, 2017)
Webinar: French Disease to Ipergay: Syphilis networks in the PrEP era by John Schneider, MD, MPH – January 26,2017, Recording Available
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Bicillin-LA Shortage (updated May 23, 2016)
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