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Summer 1999, Vol. 7 No. 2

H.K. Dermatol. Venereol. Bull. (1999) 7, 60-64

Review Article

Syphilis : Fighting the Disease into the New Millennium

KH Lau

In Hong Kong, the Social Hygiene Service has witnessed a significant re-emergence of syphilis in recent years. From 1991 to 1998, the total incidence of the disease in the Service has increased more than three times. The majority of these new syphilitic patients suffered from early infectious syphilis as there has been significant increase of primary syphilis of about 14 times since 1991. Secondary and early latent syphilis have also increased of more than five and six times respectively in last eight years. There are numerous medico-social causes for the recent increase of syphilis in Hong Kong. Various strategies dealing with these adverse medico-social factors are being implemented in hope of halting the rising trend of syphilis into the next millennium. However, the ultimate control of the current problem depends on the cooperated effort among specialists within and without Hong Kong.