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Dramatic rise in syphilis infections: Warning of underestimated risk

In recent years, the healthcare world has seen a concerning surge in syphilis infections. Between 2020 and 2022, reported cases of syphilis skyrocketed tenfold, with over 8,300 cases documented in Germany alone. Globally, there are a staggering 7.1 million new infections annually. These statistics are alarming, prompting experts to stress the importance of not underestimating the risks associated with this sexually transmitted disease.

Left untreated, syphilis can progress through various stages over the course of several years, potentially leading to significant complications decades after initial infection, affecting various organs including the brain. The repercussions of undiagnosed and untreated syphilis during pregnancy are particularly severe, with premature births, low birth weight, and miscarriages or stillbirths occurring in 26% of cases. Additionally, syphilis can be transmitted from mother to child, with the World Health Organization (WHO) estimating 661,000 cases annually.

Early detection of asymptomatic infections through laboratory tests, followed by appropriate treatment of positive cases, is crucial in preventing further transmission and complications. The WHO emphasizes the importance of regular health screenings, especially for sexually active individuals, to help curb the spread of the disease. For further insights into the latest developments and to explore our comprehensive TandemPlex® panels for diagnosing and distinguishing sexually transmitted infections, please refer to the articles below.

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