Once on the brink of eradication, syphilis is now being reported at an alarming rate in the US. Not since the 1980s have infection rates among gay men been so high.
The disease’s comeback is likely the result of state and local budget cuts, which reduced the hours and screening capacity of many low-cost STD clinics.
“Our public health infrastructure is at the point of breaking,” said Bill Smith, executive director of the National Coalition of STD Directors. “Our mantra has been to ‘do more with less,’ but now we're doing less with less. The public’s health is in danger.”