Among 614 men who have sex with men in San Diego County with early syphilis during January 2004 to June 2007, 74 (11.7%; 95% confidence interval: 9.3%–14.4%) had repeat syphilis within 2 years. HIV-infected MSM were more likely to have repeat syphilis (odds ratio: 1.9; 95% confidence interval: 1.1, 3.4).
Repeat syphilis within 2 years occurred in 11.7% of 614 men who have sex with men in San Diego County during January 2004 to June 2007. HIV infection conferred higher risk.
From the *HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Branch, Public Health Services, Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego, San Diego, CA; †STD Control Branch, California Department of Public Health, San Diego, CA; and ‡STD Prevention and Control Services, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco, CA
Presented at the National STD Prevention Conference, Atlanta, GA, March 9, 2010.
Correspondence: Kenneth A. Katz, MD, MSc, MSCE, STD Control Officer and Senior Physician, County of San Diego—HHSA/HSHB, 3851 Rosecrans St., Suite 207, MS P505, San Diego, CA 92110. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Received for publication June 29, 2010, and accepted September 18, 2010.