New CDC Report Warns Syphilis is Still Ravaging the Homosexual Community

Please if you are interested go into the CDC site and look at the actual information. As a Catholic that has friends with SSA (same sex attraction) this information scares me for the well being of others. Information is also found on other STD infections for the American population.

New CDC Report Warns Syphilis is Still Ravaging the Homosexual Community

WASHINGTON, DC, January 14, 2009 ( - Syphilis, a disease close to being eliminated as a public health threat less than a decade ago, has increased each year since 2000 and remains a serious threat to the health of homosexual and bisexual men, says the latest statistical report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2007, men who have sex with men (MSM) continued to account for the majority of primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis cases, representing 65 percent of the 11,466 P&S syphilis cases reported. Increased transmission among MSM is believed to be the primary driver of increased rates of syphilis overall in the United States.
Syphilis among MSM is of particular concern because it can facilitate HIV transmission and lead to irreversible complications such as strokes, especially in those who already have HIV. The CDC recommends that all MSM be tested for syphilis at least annually.
See the full CDC report:

Also tuberculosis is on the rise -related to HIV/AIDS.

Yes, TB and HIV are very closely related, especially in the third world:

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one-third of the world’s population is infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis, resulting in an estimated 8 million new cases of tuberculosis and nearly 2 million deaths each year.(4) Approximately 10 million people are estimated to be coinfected with M tuberculosis and HIV, and over 90% of these dually infected individuals reside in developing nations. In some areas of sub-Saharan Africa, the rates of coinfection exceed 1,000 per 100,000 population (Figure 1).(5) Worldwide, tuberculosis is the most common cause of death among patients with AIDS, killing 1 of every 3 patients.(3)

But TB in the US is on the decline:

In total, 13,299 TB cases (a rate of 4.4 cases per 100,000 persons) were reported in the United States in 2007. Both the number of TB cases reported and the case rate decreased; this represents a 3.3% and 4.2% decline, respectively, compared to 2006. The TB rate in 2007 was the lowest recorded since national reporting began in 1953.

Marginalized communities are more often threatened with diseases than non-marginalized communities. Hopefully your interest in the well being of others includes your gay friends as well, and a path to their complete inclusion in mainstream society, particularly concerning the promotion and support for their monogamous relationships, that could go a long way to preventing them getting infected with Syphilis.

The homosexual community involves many more than just practicing homosexuals. How can syphilis be ravaging those who are celibate? And unless heterosexuals avoid promiscuous sex they will also be ravaged by it.

Jim, great points. I have to infer the reports are suggesting, however, that the disease is ‘ravaging’ only those who participate in loose frequent sexual relations outside of monogamous relationships. Still, your point is well made.

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