Syphilis: Public Health England action plan

Addressing the increase in syphilis in England.


Syphilis: PHE action plan


The Public Health England (PHE) action plan focuses on the main affected populations and is aimed at:

  • clinicians
  • public health specialists
  • specialty societies
  • commissioners of specialist sexual health services

A successful response to the current increase in syphilis incidence is dependent upon action that optimises 4 prevention pillars fundamental to syphilis control and prevention. These are:

  • increase testing frequency of high-risk men who have sex with men (MSM) and re-testing of syphilis cases after treatment
  • deliver partner notification to British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) standards
  • maintain high antenatal screening coverage and vigilance for syphilis throughout antenatal care
  • sustain targeted health promotion
Published 4 June 2019