The number of Syphilis cases in Germany has quadrupled since 2001 to almost

In the past year, nearly 7500 cases of the sexually transmitted disease Syphilis have been reported, such as from a recent report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin. This was an increase of 4.2 percent compared to the year 2016. The increase in the number of Syphilis infections in Germany is set to continue. In particular, in Berlin and Hamburg, ill, according to the report, in relation to the number of inhabitants above average, a lot of people.

Since 2010, the RKI watch experts pay again a continuous increase of the case, are frequently affected gay men. In particular, in the 80s, the bacterial infection had been pushed back, with the spread of HIV/Aids and Safer Sex. Meanwhile, a HIV-infection as a chronic disease treatable, if not curable. The return of Syphilis may have to do, according to the experts with a higher frequency of condom, abstinence from Sex among men. The come even with changing partners, it said, citing surveys.

Syphilis cases in Germany since 2001, nearly quadrupled

Syphilis in Germany: number of reported cases by sex and year of diagnosis

The Syphilis Numbers rise internationally. In their report, the experts underline that measures for the prevention, diagnosis and therapy should be further developed. The increase is but in part also to better test offers. HIV-Infected were often diagnosed – probably because you receive a regular Screening is offered.

Often Syphilis usually has no symptoms. In other cases, a few days or weeks, and usually occurs after infection, an ulcer, for example, on the Penis that causes no pain. If left untreated, further symptoms can follow from a fever, fatigue, head, joint, muscle or lymph nodes pain and swollen up to the skin changes. Years after the infection, some damage to the brain and the blood vessels are possible. Yet Syphilis is detected only in a fraction of the patients at an early stage.

Syphilis: distribution in Germany

Syphilis in Germany: Reported cases per 100,000 population smoothed by zip code area

Source: Robert Koch Institute