Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. It has often been called "the great imitator" because so many of the signs and symptoms are indistinguishable from those of other diseases. Infectious syphilis includes primary syphilis, a stage of syphilis infection characterized by one or more ulcerative lesions and secondary syphilis, a stage of infection characterized by localized or diffuse mucocutaneous lesions (e.g., rash ). Patients can spread the disease to others during these stages.

Monitoring newly reported syphilis can help prevent the spread of this disease to others.

In 2020, the rate per 100,000 of Syphilis in Alachua County was 57 compared to Florida at 57. The line graph shows change over time when there are at least three years of data.

Alachua County is in the fourth quartile for this measure. This means that relative to other counties in Florida, the rate per 100,000 of Syphilis is less in about three quarters of the counties. The map illustrates county data by quartile. When fewer than 51 counties have data or zero values, no quartile map will be presented.

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Syphilis, Rate Per 100,000 Population, 2020
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Syphilis, Rate Per 100,000 Population, Single Year
Data YearCountDenomRateMOVCountDenomRateMOV
200629238,70412.1*4.43,02718,237,59616.60.6 is provided by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Public Health Statistics and Performance Management.
Data Source:Florida Department of Health, Bureau of Communicable Diseases
5/24/2022 11:04:37 AM
Data Note(s)
  • This is primary, quantitative data.
  • All population-based rates are calculated using July 1 Florida population estimates from the Florida Legislature, Office of Economic and Demographic Research.
  • Chart will display if there are at least three years of data.
  • Multi-year counts are a sum of the selected years, not an average.
  • Quartiles are calculated when data is available for at least 51 counties.
  • MOV - Measure of Variability: Probable range of values resulting from random fluctuations in the number of events. Not calculated when numerator is below 5 or denominator is below 20, or count or rate is suppressed. The MOV is useful for comparing rates to a goal or standard. For example, if the absolute difference between the county rate and the statewide rate is less than the MOV, the county rate is not significantly different from the statewide rate (alpha level = 0.05). When the absolute difference between the county rate and the statewide rate is greater than the MOV, the county rate is significantly different from the statewide rate. MOV should not be used to determine if the rates of two different counties, or the county rates for two different years, are statistically significantly different.
  • Denom - abbreviated for Denominator.
  • Population estimates are not available for persons whose county of residence is unknown. Given this, the denominator and associated rate are not available.
  • * - Indicates the county rate is statistically significantly different from the statewide rate.