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Dr. Ina Park: Syphilis on the rise

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April 14-20 is Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Awareness Week, bringing attention to recently-published data showing that cases of syphilis increased by nearly 80 percent between 2018 and 2022, reaching levels not seen since 1950.

On Friday, April 12, 2024, SciLine interviewed:

Dr. Ina Park is a professor of family and community medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She discussed topics including:

  • Rates of syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including which demographic groups, and which geographic regions, are most affected;
  • Syphilis infections in newborns (who contract it from their mother, and can be seriously harmed or die from it), which have increased 937% in the last decade;
  • Research on the use of the antibiotic doxycycline after sex to prevent STIs;
  • What else can be done to reverse the trend of rising rates of syphilis; and
  • What individuals can do to avoid contracting STIs, and prevent unknowingly transmitting them to sex partners or—for pregnant people—babies.

Declared interests:

Dr. Park serves as a volunteer board member for the following nonprofits: American Sexual Health Association, Something Positive For Positive People, and Springboard HealthLab.

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