Gonorrhea Rate Falls and Syphilis Rises

Via CNN: CDC: Gonorrhea rate down; syphilis up – Nov 8, 2005

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — Gonorrhea (GC – ed.) has fallen to the lowest level on record in the United States, while the rates of other sexually transmitted diseases — syphilis and chlamydia — are on the rise, federal health officials said Tuesday.

The seemingly paradoxical findings can be explained by the cyclical nature of syphilis outbreaks and a rise in risky sexual behavior among gay men, researchers said.

The nation’s gonorrhea rate fell to 113.5 cases per 100,000 people last year, the lowest level since the government started tracking cases in 1941, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At the same time, health official saw increases in syphilis, which is far more rare but has been increasing since 2000. The rate of reported early-stage syphilis was 2.7 cases per 100,000 in 2004, up 29 percent since 2000.

Let’s not forget that syphilis as an infection is remarkably sensitive to antibiotics, and that it’s dogma that if you have one STD you’ve got more than one. Here’s how I think this happens: GC will make a patient get help, as it is painful and the copious amount of pus generated by GC isn’t something that can be rationalized or ignored. People with syphilis, on the other hand, have symptoms that are much easier to ignore (for the first 5-10 years), and so it’s easier not to get treatment.

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  1. I try to learn something new every day. Today I learned that penicillin can cure a sprained ankle (what IS the deal with the guy on crutches) and that dinosaurs had syphillis. Thanks WPA! and thank you, gruntdoc.

  2. As for the dinosaurs, now you know why they’re extinct (no penicillin).

    The fellow on crutches is probably in reference to gonococcal arthritis, which before antibiotics would be a debilitating, lifelong injury.

  3. Hence the old roayl college gynecology exam question: “a 17 year old g1 limps into clinic at 28 wks ega. What is the diagnosis?”

  4. Goat Whacker says:

    You know, the guy who’s cured of gonorrhea looks awfully happy. I’m thinking that whatever he did to contract gonorrhea, it looks like it was worth it.

  5. Heh.