The public health officials, struggling with record-high levels of syphilis across the country have identified what apparently is a major risk factor: drug use.
In a recent report of the Centers for control and prevention of diseases (CDC) shows the important relationship between drug use and syphilis among women and heterosexual men. Interestingly, among homosexual men has such high rates there.
Experts believe that people who use drugs are more likely to behave in a “risky” sexually, which increases the risk of Contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
According to the CDC, this “surge” of syphilis was during the epidemic of crack cocaine in the 1980s and 1990s.
“People who use drugs may not use condoms, have multiple partners or have sex in exchange for drugs or for money – all important risk factors for sexually transmitted diseases,” said Sarah Kennedy, medical Director of Planned Parenthood of California.
Indicators of syphilis set a sad record at the national level. They rebounded to 73% and 156% for women from 2013 to 2017.
The highest rates were registered in the States of Nevada, California and Louisiana.
Syphilis is treatable with antibiotics, but if left untreated, it can lead to organ damage or even death. Congenital syphilis, which occurs when a mother passes the disease to the child in the womb can lead to premature delivery and neonatal death. So Fresno County has the highest rate of congenital syphilis in California. His Department of health have analyzed 25 cases of congenital syphilis in 2017 and determined that more than two thirds of the mothers had used drugs.
The authors also analyzed the syphilis cases from 2013 to 2017 across the country. They found that meth was the biggest problem: more than a third of women and a quarter of heterosexual men with syphilis reported methamphetamine use during the year.
In the United States are registering more and more cases of syphilis are: named the most “dangerous” regions updated: February 23, 2019 author: Alina Dykman