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Surge in syphilis diagnoses causing problems for treatment options in Tennessee

In the U.S., syphilis rates are at a 70-year high. In Tennessee, infection rates grew 86% between 2017 and 2021.

The situation was complicated by a shortage of a specific penicillin injection, and the shortage is so pervasive that public health agencies have recommended providers ration the drug, prioritizing pregnant patients because congenital syphilis can cause birth defects, miscarriages and stillbirths.

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