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FOC U016 - Sex, Sores, Science, and Surveillance: Syphilis in the 21st Century

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Friday, March 21

CME Credits: 1.50

Location: Room 607

Time: 7:15 AM - 8:45 AM

Director: Kenneth A. Katz, MD, MSc, MSCE, FAAD - Handout

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Diagnose and manage syphilis, using recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Describe the epidemiology of syphilis in the United States
  • Recognize public health efforts in the United States aimed at preventing and controlling syphilis

Reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis in the United States have more than doubled since 1999, mirroring epidemics in other developed countries. Designed for medically oriented general dermatologists, this session will describe the epidemiology of the current syphilis epidemic, focusing on men who have sex with men (including those living with HIV) and racial and ethnic minorities; review diagnostic approaches to syphilis, including new "reverse-sequence" serologic testing algorithms for syphilis used by laboratories; outline treatment and follow-up recommendations, including indications for cerebrospinal fluid analysis for neurosypilis evaluation; and highlight current public-health campaigns aimed at syphilis prevention and control.