Pandemic fails to curb syphilis rise among young women

The congenital cases being seen represent a 'health system failure', conference hears

Infectious syphilis cases continue to surge in Australia, particularly among women of reproductive age and babies, despite pandemic restrictions reducing other STIs.  

Syphilis pathology

Public health experts say the rising cases — which have been recorded in multiple states — are a “high-priority health issue” and are calling for health professionals to remain vigilant.  

Speaking at the Communicable Diseases and Immunisation Conference in Sydney, epidemiologist Elenor Kerr said, while notifications