Chicago: Syphilis Cases on Rise Among Local Gay Men
March 7, 2002
Chicago health officials are reporting an increase in syphilis cases among gay men -- 170 cases last year, compared with 44 in 2000. The cases are concentrated primarily in Lake View, Uptown and Rogers Park. "Each patient with syphilis is a person who practiced unsafe sex," said Christopher Brown, assistant commissioner of the Chicago Public Health Department. Among all Chicagoans, there were 288 syphilis cases last year, down sharply from 2,045 in 1991. "Syphilis appears to be heading toward elimination nationally, but Chicago is one of a handful of places where the disease has remained stubborn," said Dr. John Wilhelm, department commissioner.Adapted from:
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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.