Syphilis is on the rise. In 2015/16 the number of cases in England hit the highest level since 1949, according to Public Health England. In 2016, there were 5,920 diagnoses, a 12% increase on the previous year and a whopping 97% rise on 2012 (3,001). However, this may be due to greater awareness and increased testing.
Men account for 94% of syphilis carriers with men who have sex with men attributing to 74% of those figures.
In 2015, the highest rate of new diagnoses was among the 25-34 age bracket followed by men aged 35-44.
Last updated June 1, 2018