Mecklenburg County's Growing Syphilis Epidemic: New information on Early Detection, Diagnosis and Early Treatment

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A significant increase in the numbers and rates in early syphilis diagnoses has been detected in recent years, with a 23% increase between 2020 to 2021 with Mecklenburg Co. having a rate twice as high as that of NC State overall, and no evidence of a slowing in the increase in rates.

Data shows that 9 out of 10 reported infections are in males, with 60% of the males are in the MSM (men sex men) risk group, 66% are non-Hispanic African Americans; Hispanic male cases are increasing by 155%, and while most diagnoses are between the age of 20-39 years old all age groups have shown increases in infections.

Finally, stats have identified higher numbers of cases in our public health priority areas are co-emergence/co-infected with other sexually transmitted infections such as Chlamydia and gonorrhea and shows increases in similar or the same populations as syphilis. Lastly, persons with syphilis have high rates of HIV co-infection.

The Symposium is designed to address the nature of the syphilis epidemic, particularly in NC and Mecklenburg County, and the consequences of the resurgence of syphilis, as well as the interaction with the HIV epidemic. The main emphasis will be on early syphilis in infants, adolescents and adults, but will also put into context late syphilis, and how to differentiate between these clinical presentations.

The audience will learn about the clinical and public health approaches to recognizing, diagnosing, treating and following up early syphilis in patients/clients. The clinical provider audience should learn the following to the extent that they can then manage persons suspected of having early (or late) stage syphilis.

Topics & Speakers:
Victoria Mobley, MD | North Carolina Syphilis EPI Update
Candice Joy McNeil, MD, MPH |The Clinical Picture and Treatment of Syphilis
Victoria Mobley, MD, Candice Joy McNeil, MD, MPH, Marc Johnson, MD, Michael Leonard, MD, Lynn J. Hernandez, MD | Panel Discussion

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Important Notes to remember:
Online registration will close at noon. However, walk-in's are welcome and can register on-site.
Dinner will open at 5:30pm. Come Hungry!
Venue address - 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Dr, Charlotte, NC, 28208
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Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Atrium Health and Mecklenburg County (Preventive Health). Atrium Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
Atrium Health designates this Live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

AAPA accepts certificate of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 2.0 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)

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2.0 Nursing Contact Hour
Charlotte Area Health Education Center is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Learner Outcome:
Participants will be able to apply knowledge gained from this program on early identification of at-risk populations and individuals for syphilis, the 1st and 2nd line treatments for early syphilis, and the importance of follow-up to assure cure and re-treatment if necessary, in their practice.  

NC Psychologists Credit
2.0 Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists

2.0 Contact Hour/ 0.2 CEU
No Partial credit awarded

This program is funded by a grant from EHE – Ending the Epidemic Grant
Jointly Provided by Charlotte AHEC and:

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  • Identify early syphilis clinically and with appropriate laboratory testing
  • Recognize the 1st and 2nd treatments for early syphilis
  • Arrange follow up to assure cure, or re-treatment , if necessary


Jorge Rudko BTech, CI


Lynn Hernandez MD, Marc Johnson MD, Michael Leonard , Candice McNeil MD, MPH, FAAP, FACP, Victoria Mobley MD, MPH
Jul 26, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Check-In Time
5:30 PM
0.20 - CEU
2.00 - Contact Hours
2.00 - NBCC Hours
2.00 - Nursing Contact Hours
2.00 - AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
2.00 - Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists
Harris Conference Center
Full Conference Room
Jul 26, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Harris Conference Center
Full Conference Room
Free registration (This program is funded by a grant from EHE – Ending the Epidemic Grant)
Contact Hours
NBCC Hours
Nursing Contact Hours
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
Contact Hours (category A) CE for NC Psychologists