Author Affiliations: Division of Infectious Diseases, the Center for AIDS and STD (Drs Golden, Marra, and Holmes) and Department of Neurology (Dr Marra), University of Washington, Seattle, and Public Health–Seattle and King County (Dr Golden), Seattle, Wash.
Contempo Updates Section Editor: Sarah Pressman
Lovinger, MD, Fishbein Fellow.
In 1937 US Surgeon General Thomas Parran estimated that 10% of Americans
would be infected with syphilis during their lives.1 Rates
of primary and secondary syphilis plummeted with the institution of public
health control measures and the advent of penicillin, reaching a nadir in
2000. Since then, rates have continued to decline among women and infants,
although overall rates again have begun to climb.2
Golden MR, Marra CM, Holmes KK. Update on SyphilisResurgence of an Old Problem. JAMA. 2003;290(11):1510-1514. doi:10.1001/jama.290.11.1510