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  • 1 Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Dermatologic Oncology, Semmelweis University Medical School, Budapest, Hungary
  • 2 Mária str. 41, H-1085, Budapest, Hungary
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Abstract

In the STD Centre of Hungary at our department, we have been providing care for patients with syphilis, gonorrhoea and other STD infections since 2004. Our STD centre includes a screening station where we perform anonymous screening for HIV and syphilis. Between the 1st of January 2005 and the 31st of December 2008, there were a total of 42,114 patient-doctor encounters. We performed 25,362 screening examinations for HIV and syphilis, in association with a medical visit (HIV: 12,337; syphilis: 13,025). Voluntary screening examinations were performed in 18,883 cases (HIV: 16,614; syphilis: 2,269). During the 4 years, we diagnosed 600 and 339 new cases of syphilis and gonorrhoea, respectively. The obligatory HIV screening of STI patients resulted in a total of 47 new HIV infections, and we diagnosed 63 new infections of syphilis or gonorrhoea among the known HIV-seropositive patients under care. By including the network of care providers in the whole country, we performed successful contact tracing for syphilis and gonorrhoea on 400 and 150–200 occasions per year, respectively. We present our statistical data in order to call attention to the renaissance of syphilis and gonorrhoea, and the importance of STD co-infections.

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