New York City's
spike of syphilis cases in the gay population has ended a
period of leveled infection rates. Ninety-six percent of new
syphilis cases were contracted by men, with a majority
of them being gay, TheNew York Sun reports.
During the first
three months of this year, 260 cases were reported in
comparison with 128 reports during the same period in 2006.
still around," said Susan Blank, the New York health
department's assistant commissioner for sexually transmitted
disease prevention and control. "Indeed, this is
potentially quite serious and we need to move sooner
rather than later," Blank told the Sun.
officials also expressed concern about the potential
crossover between HIV-positive patients and syphilis
patients. Patrick Wilson, an assistant professor of
sociomedical sciences at Columbia University's Mailman
School of Public Health, told the Sun, "It's a
bit disconcerting in that this could be within a high-risk
York-based organization Gay Men's Health Crisis pledged to
begin an advertising campaign to encourage syphilis
screening. (The Advocate)