An increase in the prevalence of syphilis in women in Eastern Bohemia – 30 years of surveillance

Authors: M. Salavec 1;  V. Boštíková 2;  J. Smetana 2;  R. Chlíbek 2;  M. Špliňo 2;  P. Boštík 2
Authors‘ workplace: Klinika nemocí kožních a pohlavních, Fakultní nemocnice a LF UK, Hradec Králové 1;  Fakulta vojenského zdravotnictví, Univerzita obrany, Hradec Králové 2
Published in: Epidemiol. Mikrobiol. Imunol. 63, 2014, č. 2, s. 95-98
Category: Review articles, original papers, case report


Epidemiological data on sexually transmitted infections in the Czech Republic has been carefully reported for many years. Here we present an analysis of regional data on syphilis spanning more than 30 years in eastern Bohemia. The epidemiological data were derived from the mandatory reporting of sexually transmitted diseases covering the period 1981–2011. The data showed a minimal incidence of cases in 1990 and an increasing trend thereafter. Two peaks in the incidence are apparent - within years 1995–1999 and 2003–2007. Interestingly, while before 1990 the numbers of positive men always exceeded those of women, their numbers equalized or even reversed within the two peaks. The results may also reflect trends in social change in the country after 1989. The analysis showed that the regional prevalence of syphilis in eastern Bohemia still remains low compared to some other regions of the Czech Republic.

syphilis – Treponema pallidum – Czech Republic


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