Drug addiction promotes Syphilis

Syphilis is increasing in the United States. A reason for this abuse of drugs, Dr Sarah Kidd from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns.

Syphilis rate doubled

Dr. Kidd reported that there is an immense connection between drug use and Syphilis among women and heterosexual men, which do not belong both to the main at-risk groups. This would have doubled by methamphetamine, Heroin and other injected drugs in the syphilis rate from 2013 to 2017.

The Syphilis pathogen is spreading in America once again strong among women and heterosexual men. One reason for this is the use of Metamphetamine. (Image: Tatiana Shepeleva/fotolia.com)

No significant Increase in homosexual men

The main risk group, homosexual men, there is a similar increase reported by the CDC expert.

Risk Of Drug Use

The high increase in the syphilis rates in Heterosexuals was presumably on drug use and associated risky sexual practices.

What has this to do drugs with Syphilis?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. Against the infection with the bacteria, especially Safer Sex the use of condoms helps. Drug consumers to practice more unsafe Sex and are thus exposed to an increased risk of being infected with venereal diseases.

Today Meth, earlier Crack

The connection between drug use and Syphilis was also significantly in the 1980s and 1990s. At that time, the infection also increased with the disease, triggered by the Crack-cocaine wave.

What are the risks to the sick with Drugs?

Dr. Sara Kennedy of Planned Parenthood of Northern Carolina discussed that drug addicts often have different sexual partners, Sex for drugs trade or not use condoms – all these are significant risks of being infected with sexually transmitted diseases.

Syphilis fight Meth is to fight

Kennedy says: “I think it is not impossible that Syphilis to wipe out, if we fight at the same time, the consumption of meta-amphetamines (meth-use).”


The syphilis rates rose from 2013 to 2017 in each of the Federal States of 73 % up to 155 % in Nevada, California and Louisiana.

What causes Syphilis?

Syphilis, in the United States prior to the new wave almost exterminated, have been treated with antibiotics, but untreated, leads to organ damage, nervous disorders and even death. In the case of Pregnant and Early – as stillbirths.

Balance between Syphilis and drug use

The authors of the study analyzed syphilis cases from 2013 to 2017, and compared this with Patients who reported, to take drugs. The result was clear: More than a third of women and one-quarter of heterosexual men with Syphilis reported to have, in the past year Meth consumed.

The risk for syphilis prevention

The interplay of sexually transmitted diseases, and substance abuse makes it harder to detect people with Syphilis and to treat, because drug addicts are less likely to Doctors, and these, also, hardly any of your sexual partners, so Kidd.

Fear of Pregnant women

Pregnant drug addicts would go to avoid prenatal care and for Syphilis testing, because they are afraid that the doctor might report their drug use.

Danger for Pregnant women

Fresno County has consumed the highest Rate of congenital Syphilis in California, and two-thirds of the affected drugs have Pregnant, Joe Prado, the Health Division Manager of the municipality.

Range of drugs sick

The municipality is now making the offer to people who visit facilities for Drug addiction, sexually transmitted diseases testing. To do this, you get a package with condoms and information leaflets about sexually transmitted infections.

Cooperation of drug – and disease-prevention

Is required a close cooperation of programs against drugs and programmes against diseases, so the conclusion to the current development. (Dr. Utz Anhalt) (source: Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News I, [email protected], @Anna Gorman).