Risky Sexual Behavior Among MSM in Europe Increasing Number of Syphilis Cases, Health Officials Say
December 21, 2007
An increase in risky sexual behavior among men who have sex with men has been linked to a resurgence of syphilis cases in Europe, some health officials have said recently, the AP/International Herald Tribune reports. According to the AP/Herald Tribune, most syphilis cases in Europe are occurring among MSM, although the sexually transmitted infection also is increasing among heterosexual men and women.
In response to the resurgence of syphilis cases, health workers at the Terrence Higgins Trust have launched an Internet campaign, the AP/Herald Tribune reports. THT health workers log into Internet chat rooms on a popular British gay dating Web site to spread awareness of safer sex messages and answer questions from MSM. "We know that men are arranging hookups for sex online," Mark Thompson, deputy head of THT's health promotion, said adding that the group "decided to tap into cyberspace to try reaching them before unsafe sex might happen." Van de Laar said that it is "definitely worth trying," adding, "If we don't do enough to stop syphilis in the [MSM] community now, we could potentially be dealing with a much bigger risk in the future" (AP/International Herald Tribune, 12/20).
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