RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Between January and June 2020, 49,000 occurrences of acquired syphilis were recorded, according to Ministry of Health data. This figure represents a drop of over 35% compared to the previous year's data - in the whole of 2019, 152,900 cases were confirmed. However, the positive figures do not reflect reality, experts say.
The Covid-19 pandemic has complicated access to tests and, consequently, to the diagnosis of the disease caused by the sexually transmitted Treponema pallidum bacterium.
"Many people have not been able to get a consultation or tests if they suspect the disease . . .