Vermont Department of Health Announces Increase in Syphilis Cases, Could Contribute to Spread of HIV
January 4, 2008
The Vermont Department of Health on Wednesday announced an increase in the number of recorded syphilis cases in the state, the Barre Montpelier Times Argus reports (Hirschfeld, Barre Montpelier Times Argus, 1/3). According to the AP/Burlington Free Press, nine cases of syphilis -- which can increase the risk of HIV -- were reported last year in the state, compared with three in 2006 and one in 2005 (Rathke, AP/Burlington Free Press, 1/3). The increase of syphilis cases in the state follows a nationwide increase in recent years.
According to CDC officials, the number of syphilis cases in the U.S. reached an all-time low in 2000 but increased annually from 2000 to 2005, the most recent year for which the agency has figures. CDC analysts estimate that in 2000, MSM accounted for 7% of syphilis cases in the country but accounted for more than 60% in 2005. According to CDC, syphilis incidence in the overall population was 2.1 cases per 100,000 people in 2000, compared with three cases per 100,000 people in 2005, or 8,724 cases (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/14/07).
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