Public health officials have noticed the increased rate of syphilis throughout the country and they have accused the risk of drug use to be the major reason for this. A medical expert from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Sarah Kidd said on February 14, 2019, that two main and common health issues are getting clashed, linking syphilis and drugs. The study made it prominent that most of the women and non-gay men are at the juncture between use of drugs and syphilis. In fact, for these two groups, intake of heroin, methamphetamine or other drugs taken through injections have become twice in the period between 2013 and 2017.
The data for syphilis in gay men did not show any increase in the use of drugs. However, this is the group with the maximum rate of syphilis. Researchers mentioned that according to the results, they would conclude that the increased use of drugs and random sexual encounters along with it has suddenly increased the rate of syphilis in heterosexuals.
Drug is bound to make people less conscious about their behavior. Therefore, unsafe sex is very common. With that come the increased chances of STDs or sexually transmitted diseases. CDC said that they had observed higher rate of syphilis in heterosexuals when the crack cocaine incident had happened before. An epidemiologist, Patricia Kissinger from Tulane University School said that drug takes over the better senses of an individual. Drug users or addicts would forget using condoms, have several sex partners or buy drugs for sex – each one of them leading to sexually transmitted diseases.
Sara Kennedy, medical director at Planned Parenthood in Northern California said that it is next to impossible to wipe out syphilis without managing the drug issue first. The rates for syphilis have alarmingly increased by 73% for all and 156% just for women between 2013 and 2017.