In 2015, an official report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that syphilis cases have been rising among gay population. According to the agency, their report revealed that men who engage in same-sex contact were having a higher rate of syphilis diagnosis as compared to HIV diagnosis among gay men. The report added that 90% of the syphilis cases they have so far were men.
Syphilis infection has short-term and long-term effects. When not treated completely, this infection stays in the body. There are three stages of syphilis, the primary one, the secondary and the late stage. The late stage is the worst case scenario because it can now lead to complications that might be beyond saving. Most of the symptoms from the primary stage reappear on the late stage but are can be worst. Not everyone with dormant syphilis can have late-stage syphilis. Sometimes untreated syphilis doesn’t cause any trouble and has no symptoms at all but once it developed into late-stage syphilis, then it becomes a serious concern.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warning
With the increasing number of MSM (men who have sex with men) related syphilis cases, the health agency warns homosexuals to beware when engaging in such activities. They added that having multiple partners is not safe unless they use protection such as condoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reminded homosexuals to be careful when meeting new people in places like “bathhouses” and in having direct contact with other men there. There was news that there are a lot of homosexuals meeting in bathhouses to have sex with strangers. Aside from bathhouses, there are other orgy facilities that are booming as well in introducing gay men to possible gay partners. The widespread use of smartphone application Grindr is also one of the things that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking at as one of the cases of increasing syphilis cases among gay men.
The impact of increasing syphilis cases among gay men
With the increasing number of gay men diagnosed with syphilis, the issue if whether to allow gay men to donate blood has come alive. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been planning to remove the ban on men involved in MSM in terms of donating blood but with the new issues that MSM’s are involved, it looks like the agency is having new doubts.
What can MSM do now?
Since there are facts and data supporting the claim of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it is best for gay men to take precautions. Lowering their risk of getting syphilis is not for the country but is rather for their own good. If you are a homosexual engaging in risky sexual behaviors, do not wait for your symptoms to appear. It is best to get tested immediately and complete the required medication as much as possible. If you cannot avoid engaging in such activities, then make sure to be protected all the time.