Indonesia reports 75% increase in syphilis in recent years


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Indonesian health officials have reported a 75 percent increase in syphilis cases since 2016. According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, there were 12,000 cases of syphilis in 2016. The number rose to about 21,000 cases in 2022.


The spokesperson said the increase in the number of cases was attributed to risky sexual behaviour.

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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause long-term complications if not treated properly. Symptoms of syphilis in adults include a painless sore that goes away without treatment, followed by a non-itchy rash. Untreated, syphilis can lead to damage to the body, including neurological and cardiovascular complications. Syphilis also increases the risk of contracting HIV, and can cause problems during pregnancy and childbirth in women.

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