The New York City condoms the city has been marketing and distributing for free since February haven’t done much to curb the spread of syphilis.
Twice as many cases have been reported in the first three months of 2007 than in the same period in 2006, the Department of Health warned on Thursday. In the first three months of 2006, there were 128 reported cases. In the first three months of this year, there were 260 cases reported.
Men account for 96 percent of the new cases, and men having unprotected sex with other men was listed as a key risk factor, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported.
The median age of people reporting new syphilis cases was 34 years old, and Chelsea was the neighborhood with the most instances.
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