The dramatic increase is not due to the pandemic alone. Syphilis was nearly eradicated in the early 1990s, as the HIV epidemic raised public awareness of the perils of STIs, but the disease has made a return amid stagnant and siloed public health funding.
To do with HIV now being treatable, with PrEP, so that folk – and let’s face it, it’s mostly the gay on gay action here – return to unprotected promiscuity.
Bugger all to do with public health budgets…..
Bet you the syphilis reporting went down during the 3 weeks of monekypox…..