Syphilis in the city is on the rise, and health officials aren’t sure why.Syphilis is overwhelmingly a disease of gay men throughout North America. Blinding ocular syphilis is becoming an issue on the West Coast. Somehow, it doesn't sound the white picket fence relationship that Modern Family promotes.
Instances of the chancre-causing disease spiked 8 percent in the first half of 2014, from 585 to 628 cases.
The disease has shown a steady increase long-term as well with 1,167 reported cases in 2013, compared with 117 cases in 2000....
Officials are scratching their heads, since studies show condom use is remaining steady.
Deputy Health Commissioner for Disease Control Jay Varna conceded Monday that the data is based on self-reporting, a potential flaw.
He said anonymous sexual hook-ups through the Internet are a hurdle to prevention because partners often don’t stay in touch.
Officials said the “vast majority” of syphilis cases are among men “who have sex with men.”
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Still Waiting For The Benefits of Same-Sex Marriage in New York
A recurring argument of those Christians who don't understand homosexuality is that if they could get married, they would become stable and monogamous. Not having the paper apparently forces them into casual sex. This news report about rising syphilis rates in NYC is one of those mysteries: