Latest Syphilis News

'Out of control' STD situation prompts call for changes

Sep. 19, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sharply rising cases of some sexually transmitted diseases — including a 26% rise in new syphilis infections reported last year — are prompting U.S. health officials to call for new prevention and treatment efforts. “It is imperative that we ... work to...

Why is The Villages known as ‘the STD capital of America?’

Aug. 20, 2022 03:14 AM EDT

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — Friends up north and across Tampa Bay snickered when Brian Lafferty revealed where he’d bought a new home. His 30-year-old daughter in Boston called to express concern. Even his ex-wife asked him about it. “Without...

AP exposes the Tuskegee Syphilis Study: The 50th Anniversary

Jul. 25, 2022 08:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — EDITOR’S NOTE — On July 25, 1972, Jean Heller, a reporter on The Associated Press investigative team, then called the Special Assignment Team, broke news that rocked the nation. Based on documents leaked by Peter Buxtun, a whistleblower at the U.S. Public Health Service, the...

How an AP reporter broke the Tuskegee syphilis story

Jul. 25, 2022 08:02 AM EDT

SOUTHPORT, N.C. (AP) — Jean Heller was toiling away on the floor of the Miami Beach Convention Center when an Associated Press colleague from the opposite end of the country walked into her workspace behind the event stage and handed her a thin manila envelope. “I’m not an...

Monkeypox virus could become entrenched as new STD in the US

Jul. 22, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The spread of monkeypox in the U.S. could represent the dawn of a new sexually transmitted disease, though some health officials say the virus that causes pimple-like bumps might yet be contained before it gets firmly established. Experts don't agree on the likely...

Health officials: Monkeypox likely spreading in King County

Jul. 06, 2022 19:14 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The monkeypox virus continues to circulate in Washington state's most populous county, which includes Seattle, and is now likely spreading between residents, local health officials said Wednesday. Public health leaders have identified nine King County infections...