US: Syphilis rates among MSM eclipse those of other populations

The rate of primary and secondary syphilis in the United States among men who have sex with men is 106 times that of men who have sex with women only, researchers said. 

The disparity is even greater — 167.5-fold — when men who have sex with men (MSM) are compared with women.

“These data highlight the disproportionate impact of syphilis among MSM and underscore the need for innovative and targeted syphilis prevention measures at the state and local level, especially among MSM,” Alex de Voux, PhD, an epidemic intelligence service officer at the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, and colleagues wrote in MMWR. Read more via Healio