We describe a recent outbreak of syphilis in young heterosexuals in the north west of England. A cluster of 12 cases of syphilis (7 primary and 5 early latent) was identified in Rochdale in heterosexuals aged 20 or under. Nine were women. Five were asymptomatic at presentation. This outbreak occurred in a group not usually associated with syphilis transmission in the north west. Not all the identified cases could be linked, and so potentially this outbreak is a sentinel of a larger problem.
- Young adult