August 14, 2007
Syphilis on the Rise in NYC
The rare and highly contagious STD syphilis is making a comeback in New York City. The 2007 count is not that much higher than last year at 260 cases (10 of them women), but experts fear that even a small increase could usher in new HIV infections because HIV is more easily transmitted among people with syphilis.
City officials also believe that this eruption may be due to a increase in the number of bisexual men having unprotected sex with both men and women. The last significant outbreak in NYC was in the 1990s.
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