Japan syphilis cases top 10,000 for the first time since records began


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Japanese health authorities It reported that the number of syphilis cases for 2022 as of this month had exceeded 10,000, the first since such records were kept.

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Officials put the nationwide total at 10,141 as of October 23. Tokyo leads the country in cases of about 3,000 cases.

Having sex with multiple partners via social media and dating apps has been blamed as a factor behind the increase.

Syphilis was a major problem in Japan until shortly after the end of World War II, but total reported cases dropped to several hundred per year until 2011, when recovery began.

Japan has reported more than 5000 cases of syphilis three consecutive years And two consecutive years with More than 6000 casesBefore 2018, the last time Japan had more than 6,000 cases of syphilis was 48 years ago.

In 2021Japan has crossed the 7,000 case mark with 7,873 cases of syphilis.

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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause long-term complications if not treated properly. Symptoms of adult syphilis 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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