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The situation is serious because syphilis is an STD that affects the next generation.

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Kei Kawana, chief professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Nihon University School of Medicine. Cases of syphilis in Japan reached a record 13,251 this year, coinciding with a sharp increase in congenital syphilis, which is transmitted from a pregnant woman to her unborn child.

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I’m pretty consistently surprised that many Japanese people believe that STD rates are lower in Japan or that foreigners are the ones bringing them in. It’s a strange combination of lack of education on the topic and false assumptions. Wrap it up boys and girls, and get tested every once in a while if your changing partners often. It can be done for free here which many seem to not know.

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Women who become pregnant from unprotected casual sex should be tested for syphilis.

Every pregnancy should be tested against anything that is realistically possible to produce congenital problems or deaths, purposefully limiting the testing makes no sense when women can easily get infected without engaging in casual sex just because their partners do.

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Terrible! I read that Ben Franklin had syphilis. It was very common amongst players back in the day.

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Most syphilis cases in Japan the world are connected to those working as and/or frequenting sex workers at home and abroad.

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Be careful. Practise safe sex. Choose sexual partners wisely.

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