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Incidence of early syphilis acquired in former Soviet Union is increasing

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 18 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1018
  1. Jane Deayton, Specialist registrar in genitourinary medicinea,
  2. Patrick French, Consultant in genitourinary medicinea
  1. a Mortimer Market Centre, London WC1E 6AU

    Editor—Since 1990 there has been a growing epidemic of syphilis in the countries of the former Soviet Union.1 The Russian health ministry recently reported a 15-fold increase in the incidence of syphilis in adults and a 20-fold increase in children.2 Most cases are attributed to sexual transmission. Explanations for this phenomenon include the rapid growth of the sex industry, including child prostitution; increasing numbers of homeless people and refugees in Russian cities; poor diagnostic facilities;punitive legislation …

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