Syphilis was first written in history in 1493 when a German scholar wrote about it and how it became an outbreak. Ulrich von Hutten, the German scholar who wrote about it described the sickness as a disease that infected a lot of people during the said era. In just a matter of months, people were dying back then because of syphilis. Luckily, with the advancement of technology and medicine, syphilis is no longer feared and is now treatable. However, despite being curable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is still alarmed with the increasing rate of syphilis cases in the US. Since 2014, the number of people diagnosed with syphilis have been rising continuously.
What does Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sees?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noticed that for every 10,000 people, at least 6.5 have syphilis and for every 10,000 births happening, at least 27.5 of these babies have congenital syphilis. Congenital syphilis is the type of syphilis that is being passed on from a mother with syphilis infection to her child. This was alarming for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because syphilis had been considered once as totally eradicated disease in the US. With the introduction of penicillin, syphilis has become a history in the country until recently.
Syphilis in the US
So far, among the states where syphilis rate is increasing are in New Orleans, New York and Oregon. The state governments are now giving free syphilis testing to its residents to make sure that everyone is accounted for. According to researchers, the possible reason why syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease is now on the rise is because of the increasing popularity of dating websites and applications. Applications like Tinder and Grindr seems to be influencing people the wrong way – engaging in sexual activities with strangers is okay as long as you meet them using these applications. Of course, these are just plain speculations on the part of the researchers because online dating have been introduced way back, like a decade ago and syphilis cases just started rising two years ago.
Syphilis and the Americans
According to the researchers, the threat with syphilis is the fact that most Americans are not afraid of syphilis anymore since they have not seen it yet unlike HIV or gonorrhea. The fact that there are treatments available to cure syphilis is also adding to the trust of the public that they don’t have to worry about syphilis.
How do people from other countries look at syphilis? Syphilis is actually considered as a foreign disease hence they English dubbed it as the French disease. The French on the other hand dubbed syphilis as the Italian disease while for Italians, it is a Turkish disease. Almost every country refer to syphilis as another country’s disease except for Spain who calls it the Spanish disease. According to the history of Spain, it seems like syphilis was brought home by Columbus after touring the world in his ship.