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Syphilis: Most of America’s ‘out of control’ sexually transmitted infections are gay ATN News

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Puber Kalam Webdesk: Sexually transmitted diseases are on the rise in America. The number of syphilis cases in the country increased by 26 percent last year. US Centers for Disease Control and Health official Leandro Mina said, ‘We are working to prevent the diagnosis and growth of sexually transmitted diseases. The number of cases of gonorrhea and syphilis has been increasing over the years. In 2021, the number of syphilis cases reached a record level. The number of HIV patients also increased by 16 percent in 2021. In addition, this year, due to the increase in the prevalence of maxipox, more concern has increased in America. Because monkeypox is transmitted mainly through sex. David Harvey, executive director of the country’s ‘National Coalition of STD Directors’, called the situation ‘out of control’. ‘It’s very common,’ says Mike Sugg, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. When people have unprotected sex, STDs occur.’ Experts have urged to increase the use of condoms to combat this situation. Besides, he advised to have a test kit to check if someone is infected with sexually transmitted diseases. Syphilis is a bacterial disease. Which can be seen as genital sores. If left untreated, it can lead to serious symptoms and even death. In the 1940s, syphilis infections declined in America. But around 2002, syphilis started to rise again. It is mainly found in homosexual and bisexual men. In 2021, the number of people infected with syphilis in America increased to 52 thousand.

Most of those suffering from sexually transmitted diseases are homosexuals. Rates are higher among blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans. Although the incidence rate of women is lower than that of men. But officials say the number of women affected has also increased by 50 percent last year.

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