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Resurgent Syphilis in the United States: Urgent Need to Address an Evolving Epidemic

Kenneth H. Mayer, MD; and Matthew J. Mimiaga, ScD, MPH
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From The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health, Boston, MA 02215.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M11-1386.

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Current Author Addresses: Drs. Mayer and Mimiaga: The Fenway Institute, Fenway Health, 1340 Boylston Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02215.

Ann Intern Med. 2011;155(3):192-193. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-155-3-201108020-00009
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In this issue, Su and colleagues report that compared with white MSM, black MSM are more than 8 times more likely and Hispanic MSM are more than twice as likely to have syphilis infection. The editorialists examine why syphilis is now increasingly prevalent among younger MSM of ethnic and racial minority groups in the United States and describe why this new syphilis epidemic warrants novel public health approaches.


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