Syphilis Strikes Back - STD Awareness Month 2017 - CDC
Once nearing elimination, national data(https://www.cdc.gov/std/stats15/default.htm) highlight that syphilis is thriving. In 2015, the United States experienced the highest number and rate of reported primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis cases in more than 20 years.
During 2014-2015, syphilis rates increased in every region, a majority of age groups, and across almost every race/ethnicity. Men in general, and gay and bisexual men(https://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/2017msm.htm) specifically, continue to face the highest levels of syphilis. In recent years, syphilis has also risen among women(https://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/2017women.htm). One of the most disturbing trends is back-to-back years of increasing rates among babies who were miscarried, stillborn, or born with syphilis, also known as congenital syphilis(https://www.cdc.gov/std/sam/2017women.htm). An increase in reports where syphilis affects the eye (i.e., ocular syphilis(https://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/clinicaladvisoryos2015.htm)) has also occurred across the U.S. These cases can, and have, led to permanent blindness.