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Do certain races have higher incidence of syphilis?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree

In brief: No- it's complicated

To associate a specific race with the incidence of syphilis, provides only a superficial and misleading impression.
It's important to know that people in lower socio-economic groups have high incidences- these groups have a greater number of people of a specific ethnicity. Granted, it has been referred in the past to as the "english" disease, the "french" disease, or the "italian"disease, .

In brief: No- it's complicated

To associate a specific race with the incidence of syphilis, provides only a superficial and misleading impression.
It's important to know that people in lower socio-economic groups have high incidences- these groups have a greater number of people of a specific ethnicity. Granted, it has been referred in the past to as the "english" disease, the "french" disease, or the "italian"disease, .
Dr. John Leander Po
Dr. John Leander Po
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Dr. Harold Peltan
Everything Dr. Po said is true. There is also a true answer to your question, but nobody wants to say it for fear of being accused of being racist. If you understood what Dr. Po explained and are ready to learn more, I suggest the CDC website where you will find the answers. Please be careful to read them in the context that Dr. Po explained to avoid misunderstanding.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Infection frequency appears to relate to availability of health care and willingness to seek it.
However, all soceo-economic groups and races are affected.

In brief: Yes

Infection frequency appears to relate to availability of health care and willingness to seek it.
However, all soceo-economic groups and races are affected.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Wrong question

"race" is a political concept, not a scientific one.
Discussions comparing "races" serve no purpose and do much harm. Within particular communities, different "races" may have different rates of lifestyle-related diseases due to social factors. One's genetic heritage may put a person at more or less risk for some diseases (genetic, immune-related), but syphilis is not one of them.

In brief: Wrong question

"race" is a political concept, not a scientific one.
Discussions comparing "races" serve no purpose and do much harm. Within particular communities, different "races" may have different rates of lifestyle-related diseases due to social factors. One's genetic heritage may put a person at more or less risk for some diseases (genetic, immune-related), but syphilis is not one of them.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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