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October 1988

From the MMWR: Morbidity and Mortality Report Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta

Arch Dermatol. 1988;124(10):1485-1486. doi:10.1001/archderm.1988.01670100007001

Syphilis and Congenital Syphilis— United States, 1985-1988  IN 1987, 35,241 cases of primary and secondary syphilis were reported in the United States. The incidence of 14.6 cases per 100,000 persons equals that of 1982—the highest rate since 1950. The 25% increase over the 1986 rate was the largest single-year increase since 1960. Because of this increase, the Public Health Service objective to reduce the incidence of primary and secondary syphilis to 7.0 cases/100,000 persons by 19901,2 is unlikely to be achieved.The increase in incidence was greatest for blacks and Hispanics— groups for which incidence rates were already high. In all racial/ethnic groups, increases were greater for females than for males. For 1986 to 1987, the rate per 100,000 persons 15-64 years of age* increased 36% for black males (106.2 to 144.9), 43% for black females (55.5 to 79.4), 7% for Hispanic males (66.0 to 70.7), and 24% for Hispanic females (17.8 to 22.0). In contrast,

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