SYPHILIS IN THE U.S:

2012 syphilis rates by state

WHERE WE WORK:

Florida:

  • In 2011, Broward County accounted for 10 of the 32 total congenital syphilis cases reported throughout the state of Florida. (source: Florida Department of Health)
  • Out of the 30 states that reported at least one case of congenital syphilis (a baby born with syphilis due to the mother’s untreated infection), Florida ranked 4th with a rate of 16.7 babies with congenital syphilis per 100,000 live births. By comparison, the US national rate for congenital syphilis is 7.8 per 100,000 live births. (source: CDC)

Texas:

  • Total syphilis (meaning all stages and forms of syphilis) rates rose consistently in Texas between 2003 and 2009 before the state saw a drop in reported cases in 2010 and 2011. However, in 2012 a total of 7,071 cases of varying stages and forms of syphilis were reported, up 14% from 2011. (source: Texas Department of State Health Services)
  • Out of the 30 states that reported at least one case of congenital syphilis, Texas ranked 3rd with a rate of 19.4 babies with congenital syphilis per 100,000 live births. By comparison, the US national rate for congenital syphilis is 7.8 per 100,000 live births. (source: CDC)

Ohio:

  • From January to March 2014, the state of Ohio saw 108 primary and secondary syphilis cases reported. This is up from 97 during the same period in 2013 and 92 for the same time in 2012. The total state primary and secondary syphilis rate rose from 3.7 in 2012 to 3.8 in 2013, and is on track to rise again for 2014. (source: Ohio Department of Health STD Surveillance Program)
  • Franklin County has seen the highest number of syphilis cases so far in 2014 for the state, accounting for 41 of the 108 cases reported in the first quarter of the year (January – March 2014), an increase from 34 in the first quarter of 2013 and 25 in 2012 for the same time period. 35 of those 41 cases were based in Columbus, an increase from 30 in Jan-March 2013 and 23 during the same time in 2012. In 2013 Franklin county saw 158 total cases throughout the year, up from 149 in 2012. (source: Ohio Department of Health STD Surveillance Program)

California:

  • California reported 2,953 cases of primary and secondary syphilis in 2012, and 34 cases of congenital syphilis that same year (ranked 13 among the 30 states reporting any cases of babies born with syphilis). (source: CDC)
  • Though Alameda County (where Oakland is located) saw a drop in its primary and secondary syphilis rate from 9.0 in 2011 to 8.8 in 2012, 135 cases of P&S syphilis and 78 cases of Early Latent Syphilis were reported for this county in 2012. (source: CA Department of Public Health, STD Control Branch)

Louisiana:

  • Louisiana ranked #1 among the 30 states reporting incidents of congenital syphilis in 2012. Louisiana’s congenital syphilis rate that year was 49.3 cases per 100,000 live births, nearly 7 times the 2012 national rate of 7.8 (source: CDC)
  • Syphilis diagnoses touched 41 of the 64 parishes in Louisiana in 2012 — the three parishes with the highest number of diagnoses (more than 20 each) were Caddo, East Baton Rouge, and Orleans. 2012 marks the first time Louisiana did not rank as the #1 state for syphilis rates in 6 years following a 24% decrease in diagnoses. (source: Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals STD/HIV Program)

Mississippi:

  • Of the 150 cases of P&S syphilis reported for Mississippi in 2012, nearly half (42%) occurred in people aged 15-24 years old. (source: CDC)
  • Between January and March 2014, 11 cases of P$S syphilis diagnoses had been reported, up from 9 for the same time in 2013. (source: Mississippi Department of Health)

New York:

  • A total of 4,453 cases of syphilis (all stages and types) were reported in New York City in 2012. Of that, the majority of diagnoses (2,133) were for Late Latent Syphilis. (source: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
  • A total of 2,359 cases of syphilis (all stages and types) were reported in New York City in the first half of 2013, an increase from 2,234 for the same period in 2012. (source: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)