PCR-test blitz urged to counter Melbourne’s syphilis surge

The Age

Melissa Cunningham
February 25, 2023 — 7.30pm

Sexual health physicians are pushing for PCR testing for syphilis to be used widely amid a worsening epidemic in Melbourne that has led to the highest number of reported cases in decades.

Doctors say lessons learnt about coronavirus containment should now be applied to all sexually transmitted infections, including the potentially deadly syphilis.

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Photo credit; Sexual health physician Marcus Chen.CREDIT:JOE ARMAO