Recent outbreaks of infectious syphilis, United Kingdom, January 2012 to April 2014

Ian Simms*, L. Wallace, D. R. Thomas, L. Emmett, A. G. Shankar, M. Vinson, S. Padfield, U. Andrady, C. Whiteside, C. J. Williams, C. Midgley, C. Johnman, A. McLellan, A. Currie, J. Logan, G. Leslie, K. Licence, Gwenda Hughes

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Abstract

Six outbreaks of infectious syphilis in the United Kingdom, ongoing since 2012, have been investigated among men who have sex with men (MSM) and heterosexual men and women aged under 25 years. Interventions included case finding and raising awareness among healthcare professionals and the public. Targeting at-risk populations was complicated as many sexual encounters involved anonymous partners. Outbreaks among MSM were influenced by the use of geospatial real-time networking applications that allow users to locate other MSM within close proximity.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume19
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2014

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