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article imageSyphillis on the rise in China

By Iamseven     Jan 11, 2007 in World
A leading medical journal has published a report which suggest that China is seeing rising rates of syphillis at an alarming pace.
This is alarming news for China, a country which was able to virtually eliminate syphillis within its borders in the 60s and 70s.
The STD has made a come back in recent years, with the number of syphillis cases rising from 0.2 per 100,000 {people} in 1993 to 5.7 cases per 100,000 in 2005.
Of course it is most prevalent in what have been termed high-risk groups, like among sex workers or homosexual men. In these groups, up to 10% or 20% (1 in 10 or 1 in 5) has the disease, according to specialists in China.
Unfortunately there has also been a surge in congenital syphillis, meaning the number of babies born with the STD. Around 3,400 Chinese babies are born each year with congential syphillis.
Key factors in the rise of syphllis have to do with the ever-increasing number of people moving to the cities to get jobs, which fuels a 'need' for more sex workers and has led to more affairs, along with low use of protection.
Chinese society is still very conservative, especially about matters on sex so there is little exchange of information about sexually transmitted diseases, unlike in the Western world.
Also, the lack of syphillis in the 60s and 70s may not have been so great after all, as this has left a population 'without immunity' so to speak.
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