Infectious syphilis cases rise 60% among women

The trend highlights the need to target prevention efforts, say Dr Allison Carter and colleagues
Dr Allison Carter
Dr Allison Carter.

Infectious syphilis notifications for Australian adults continue to rise, new data show, with positivity rates among women in major cities increasing by more than 60% in the past decade.

This trend suggested a need for enhanced prevention, researchers said, including renewed focus on reducing infection among Indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, where rates were particularly high.