Syphilis is Back…All Right!


syph.jpg Syphilis, along with other diseases you learned about from “Oregon Trail,” has a rather amusing, vintage ring to it. But this nasty affliction, which killed undergrad favorites Gaugin, Baudelaire and Toulouse Lautrec, is neither funny nor history! As Reuters reports:

The U.S. syphilis rate rose for the seventh straight year in 2007, driven by a continued surge in cases among homosexual and bisexual men.

The national syphilis rate was at a low in 2000 but has since increased 76 percent. And while it’s particularly concentrated among men who have sex with men, the CDC also called rising rates among women “troubling.”

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