GPs told to be alert for syphilis
The Health Protection Agency is putting GPs on alert for syphilis in heterosexuals after cases rose almost three-fold in a year in south London.
Some 40 cases among heterosexuals have been reported over the five months to May in the area, compared with 25 in the whole of 2001 and 72 last year.
Cases are occurring among those who have unprotected casual oral or vaginal sex, it said in last week's CDR Weekly bulletin.
The HPA has set up an incident control team to help health professionals deal with the problem.