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Open Classroom | Syphilis: An Infectious Disease Perpetuated by Social Inequities

Tuesday, February 13 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Virtual Event

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that has had a significant impact on the lives of children and adults throughout history. Furthermore, the United States Public Health Service untreated black male syphilis study at Tuskegee is one of many examples of the atrocities of medical research involving Black individuals. Furthermore, this infectious disease is still plaguing our country with limited resources dedicated to improving the prevention and treatment of adults and children with syphilis. Currently, an exponential rise in syphilis cases have been observed in adults and in turn the rates of congenital syphilis are also rising rapidly. Social inequities are frequently associated with this infectious disease. More attention, understanding and research are needed to address the current Syphilis epidemic in the United States.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Brown School


Medicine & Health



Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Event Contact

Brown School Professional Development brownprofdev@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Jason Newland, MD, MEd (he, him, his)
Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases
Washington University School of Medicine

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