Syphilis, Gonorrhea Infections Up in Men

11 percent increase


The Centers for Disease Control's  annual survey on STDs shows that the rate of sexually transmitted diseases has risen between 2011 and 2012, with a large number of infections due to gonorrhea and syphilis infections found in men.

The survey shows that young people, particularly gay or bi-sexual men, are allegedly responsible for the increase of 11 percent of sphysilis infections. Among men, the rate rose by 15 percent for those who have sex with men (MSM) and four percent for men who have sex with women (MSW).  And though the number of gonorrhea cases remained higher among women in 2012, the rate of increase was far higher among men at 8.3 percent, compared to women at 0.6 percent.