Early data from 2020 shows about 2.5 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis in 2019, which is an almost 30% increase in these STDs between 2015 and 2019.
Heterosexual syphilis transmission and methamphetamine use in women, and men who have sex with women only have increased rapidly in recent years.
From 2012 to 2016, there was a 61 percent increase in syphilis cases among pregnant women, with no traditional behavioral risk factors reported among half of these women.
Congenital syphilis up from 362 cases in 2013 to 918 in 2017, with 46.17 percent increase since 2016.
Despite more than a century of clinical experience diagnosing and managing patients with syphilis, many clinical questions remain unanswered and are explored in a review of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Syphilis Summit.
The USPSTF recommends screening all pregnant women for syphilis infection.
New research found low and highly variable rates of HIV and syphilis screening among adolescents with pelvic inflammatory disease.
Close to one-third of sexually active HIV-positive men who have sex with men (MSM) have not received syphilis screening in the past 12 months.
Treponema pallidum particle agglutination assay is a better test to adjudicate syphilis results given its high specificity and superior sensitivity.