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Type: Journal article
Title: Epidemic syphilis exhibits diverse manifestations
Author: Dancer, Craig Matthew
Doolan, Andrew R.
Redmond, Andrew M.
Rowling, Diana F.
Woods, Marion L.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2007; 36 (9):747-748
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0300-8495
School/Discipline: School of Medicine : Medicine
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Andrew M Redmond; Craig M Dancer; Andrew R Doolan; Diane F Rowling; Marion L Woods
Abstract: There are recent reports of a sustained increase in the incidence of syphilis around the world, including in the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne. In Queensland, there has been both an increase in the number of notifications and also a change in the epidemiology of the disease. While syphilis was previously predominantly seen in indigenous men and women, it now mostly occurs in nonindigenous men who have sex with other men - although per capita, indigenous Queenslanders remain overrepresented. Efforts to improve screening and treatment have shortened the time from diagnosis to treatment and appear to have been successful in reducing the rates of disease in remote indigenous populations. These efforts have included the establishment of a state wide syphilis register and active encouragement to remote practitioners to offer testing to patients aged 15–39 years as a part of the annual adult health check. Adoption of single dose azithromycin for syndromic treatment of urethritis and cervicitis and their contacts, albeit at a dose of only 1 g, may be having an impact as well.
Description: Copyright to Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
RMID: 0020075815
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