Ian Simms*

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    The WHO describes syphilis as a "sexually transmitted infection that can be successfully controlled by public health measures due to the availability of a highly sensitive diagnostic test and a highly effective and affordable treatment." The fact that syphilis remains a worldwide public health problem reflects a failure of syphilis control programs and a lack of political will. Social and behavioral studies are vital to our understanding of syphilis epidemiology. The effectiveness of intervention strategies that target those at high risk of acquiring or transmitting syphilis, including group and peer-led programs, needs to be evaluated, optimized, and extended.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
    PublisherElsevier Inc.
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9780128037089
    ISBN (Print)9780128036785
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2016

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    • Diagnosis
    • Distribution
    • Epidemiology
    • Public health
    • Sexually transmitted diseases
    • Syphilis
    • Treatment


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