Despite recent aggressive campaigns urging our community to “wrap it up,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that women and minorities, in particular, are more likely to have sexually transmitted diseases, according to CNN. The CDC began a national syphilis elimination program in the late 1990’s, targeted at African-American heterosexuals, especially women and their babies. As a result, the condition was nearly eradicated as an ongoing health problem in the United States. But unfortunately in the last two years, the trend has reversed, says Dr. John Douglas, director of the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention. Syphilis resurfaced as a danger in 2001, and cases went up by 15.2 percent between 2006 and 2007, says the CDC.—B.B.
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