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Syphilis Soars in the US

Syphilis cases in the US have risen to the highest level since the 1950s, according to new data on sexually transmitted infections released yesterday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The US saw 203,500 syphilis cases in 2022 (the last year for which data are available), up 17% from 2021 and nearly 80% from 2018. The data also showed 3,755 babies were born with congenital syphilis in 2022, a nearly 31% change year-over-year and a 183% change since 2018. See an overview of syphilis here.

Meanwhile, new cases of gonorrhea in 2022 declined for the first time in a decade, down 8.7% from 2021. Health experts are not sure of the reason behind the decline. Cases of chlamydia, which accounted for roughly two-thirds of the more than 2.5 million total cases of sexually transmitted infections in 2022, were up 0.3% year-over-year but down 6.2% since 2018. See all CDC data here (w/charts).

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