According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported rates of primary and secondary syphilis in 2015 were the highest in more than 20 years. While gay and bisexual men face the greatest burden, during 2014-2015 syphilis rates increased in every region, a majority of age groups, and across almost every race/ethnicity. Syphilis has increased among women in recent year, and the rate of reported congenital syphilis has increased each year during 2012–2015.
In response to these rising syphilis rates, CDC recently released the CDC Call to Action: Let’s Work Together to Stem the Tide of Rising Syphilis in the United States. This resource offers action steps for healthcare providers, public health departments and more, with specific steps healthcare providers can take to reduce congenital syphilis and syphilis among men who have sex with men.
The One-Two Punch: Knocking Out HIV and Syphilis Co-infection initiative offers downloads of a video and a collection of posters and social media content to encourage individuals to talk with health care professionals about testing for both infections. Click here for free access to all campaign materials.
The video below from CDC walks healthcare providers through the three key actions that they can take to help reverse the rising syphilis rates: Talk, Test, and Treat.