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Changing face of the syphilis epidemic in men who have sex with men
  1. Sarah Taine1,
  2. Claire Norcross2,
  3. Nicolas Pinto-Sander2,
  4. Colin Fitzpatrick2,
  5. Daniel Richardson1,2
  1. 1 Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, UK
  2. 2 Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniel Richardson, Sexual Health and HIV, Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust, Brighton BN2 5BE, UK; daniel.richardson{at}

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There has been renewed interest in the clinical presentation of syphilis since the increasing rates of infectious syphilis in men who have sex with men (MSM) globally.1 Extragenital lesions of syphilis are likely to drive ongoing transmission in this epidemic.1 Locally we have a large population of MSM and high rates of STIs including syphilis. We assumed that increased awareness of syphilis in both MSM and sexual health/primary care clinicians from bespoke health campaigns …

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  • Handling editor Jackie A Cassell

  • Contributors DR designed this project. All authors contributed to data collection. ST, CN and DR performed the analysis, and all authors contributed to the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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