Syphilis - Sexually transmitted diseases, incidence is rising among gay men as the fear of AIDS has become less among them. AIDS is now a chronic disease and not a fatal disease. There is some indication that the increased use of methamphetamines (that enhances sexual drive) and makes users less cautious. Another dimension of new social behaviour is the use of Internet chat rooms, this has become the hunting place for finding casual sex partners.
A report published in Miami Herald indicates that in 1998 only eight cases of syphilis in Broward County and 38 in Miami-Dade were reported. However last year, that was up to 253 cases in Broward and 227 cases in Miami-Dade.