Mystery behind rising syphilis rates in New York City

Mar 25, 2015
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Syphilis in the city is on the rise, and health officials aren’t sure why.

Instances of the chancre-causing disease spiked 8 percent in the first half of 2014, from 585 to 628 cases.

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The disease has shown a steady increase long-term as well with 1,167 reported cases in 2013, compared with 117 cases in 2000.

Chelsea is the most hard-hit area. The most recent statistics showed an infection of nearly six times the citywide average.

Officials are scratching their heads, since studies show condom use is remaining steady.

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sexworkrecovery
5 years ago

No mystery. The police started using condoms as “evidence of prostitution” again. We had wiped that shit out in the 80’s. Then new cops came on the force and started doing it again because of their moral issues. Hookers stopping using them – and voila!

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