The World Sees Growth in New Syphilis Cases, Are Dating Sites to Blame?

Syphilis infection rates have skyrocketed in many parts of the world, including Asian countries, Europe, the US and Canada.in some instances, the increase in new infections exceeds 187 per cent. Singapore has also noted a growing trend of STI infections over the past few years. According to researchers, dating apps and internet-based technologies contribute to the problem. They make casual encounters easier and much more accessible, which leads to the effortless spread of diseases like syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea.

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Number of Syphilis Diagnoses in Thailand Goes Up: What Are the Dangers?

The number of new syphilis infections in Thailand has been on the rise, especially among younger individuals. Authorities worry about the trend because it indicates increased prevalence of unsafe sexual practices. The rate of infections among sex workers is also relatively high, which jeopardises the health of tourists and visitors to the country. While syphilis is relatively easy to treat, it can remain hidden for a long period of time. The infection increases the risk of contracting other STDs, as well.

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WHO: One Million STD New Diagnoses Every Single Day

Globally, more than one million new STI infections occur on a daily basis, the World Health Organization reports. Four conditions are responsible for the bulk of these new diagnoses – gonorrhoea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis and syphilis. Researchers have also identified a troublesome new trend. There have been multiple super-gonorrhoea infections. These involve a bacterial strain that has evolved to become antibiotic-resistant. As a result, such infections become nearly impossible to treat.

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Are We Close to the Development of Vaccines for Common STDs?

The US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases will grant massive sums for the research and development of STD vaccines over the coming five years. The scientific community will focus on the three most common STIs in the world – chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis. While information about STIs is readily available, the incidence of such infections has increased rapidly. Because the diseases pose a serious public health risk in countries across the world, all efforts will be concentrated on their prevention and eventual eradication.

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