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Euro Surveill. 2012 Jul 19;17(29). pii: 20222.

Syphilis on the rise again in Germany--results from surveillance data for 2011.

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Division for HIV/AIDS, STI and Blood-borne Infections, Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Germany.


In Germany, syphilis is notified anonymously. In 2011, 3,698 cases (incidence 4.5/100,000 inhabitants) were notified, an increase of 22% over 2010. The increase was higher in men (23%) than women (13%) and 94% of the cases were male. Information on the possible way of transmission was available for 72% of cases. Of these, 84% were men who have sex with men, who seem to play a major role in the renewed increase in syphilis cases.

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