Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician



Marcus Y Chen

MRCP, FAChSHM, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor, Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne, and Senior Specialist in Sexual Health, Melbourne Sexual Health Centre, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria.

Keeping an eye on syphilis

Since the early 2000s, there has been a worsening epidemic of infectious syphilis among men who have sex with men (MSM) in most high income countries.1 In Victoria, notifications for infectious...

Occult syphilitic chancres in the rectum and oropharynx

Case 1A man aged 44 years, who tested negative for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and is on HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), presented with a hard, painless anorectal lump that he noticed...

Syphilis, the great mimicker, is back

Syphilis, which had been uncommon in Australian cities until recently, has re-emerged as a major sexually transmissible infection among men who have sex with men.


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