Offer syphilis testing in brothels and saunas to stem China’s epidemic, suggest researchersBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c2497 (Published 07 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2497
- Zosia Kmietowicz
Syphilis has spread so rapidly in China that the government needs urgently to raise awareness of sexually transmitted infections and destigmatise testing and treatment if it is to regain control of the disease, doctors warn.
In 2008 a total of 9480 babies were born with congenital syphilis in China, a 12-fold rise in the annual number since 2003. Researchers describe the rise as “a precipitous increase” that has not been seen in any other country in the penicillin era (New England Journal of Medicine 2010;362:1658-61).