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Thirty years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was ready to declare syphilis a... more »
posted 04/14/22

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Even when people were willing to talk about the issue generally, they weren’t willing to put a face to it, one reporter finds.
Once considered an infection nearly eradicated, congenital syphilis rates have risen dramatically in California. Community health workers fan out across communities to find and treat patients who are often homeless or battling addiction.
The number of congenital syphilis cases has ballooned to rates not seen in two decades. Public health workers say the increase coincides with a decline in funding for public health and a drop in the rate of women accessing prenatal care.