There is a troubling rise in syphilis infections among men, particularly gay and bisexual men
CDC data show rates of syphilis are increasing at an alarming rate 19 percent in 2015.
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While rates have increased among both men and women, men account for more than
90 percent of all primary and secondary syphilis cases.
Men who have sex with men account for 82 percent of male cases where the sex of the sex partner is known. Primary and secondary syphilis are the most infectious stages of the disease, and if not adequately treated, can lead to long-term infection which can cause visual impairment and stroke.
Syphilis infection can also place a person at increased risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV infection. Available surveillance data indicate that an average of half of MSM who have
syphilis are also infected with HIV.