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Syphilis: back on the rise, but not unstoppable

Christopher K Fairley, Jane S Hocking and Nicholas Medland
Med J Aust 2005; 183 (4): 172-173.

Fighting the current epidemic requires intensive education of clinicians and men who have sex with men, as well as targeted screening

A research article (page 179)1 and a letter to the editor (page 218)2 in this issue of the Journal should leave you in no doubt that syphilis is back. After falling precipitously with the onset of the HIV epidemic in the early 1980s, syphilis infection rates are rising dramatically in Australia and the developed world among men who have sex with men.3 Why has this occurred, and what can be done about it?

  • Christopher K Fairley1
  • Jane S Hocking2
  • Nicholas Medland3

  • 1 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 The Centre Clinics, Victorian AIDS Council, Gay Men's Health, Melbourne, VIC.

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