Syphilis screening in all pregnant women is proposed to reduce congenital syphilis increases

As we informed in a recent post (see HERE) Syphilis rates increased by roughly 18 percent from 2015 to 2016 in the U.S. Now the article we cited focuses the cases of neonatal syphilis which also have increased in the United States and other western countries in recent years.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can be passed from pregnant women – if they are infected – to their children. Between 2012 and 2016, cases of congenital syphilis doubled in the US, with 628 cases of neonatal syphilis reported in 2016. Experts, therefore, recommend syphilis screening in all pregnant women. If a woman is infected, antibiotic treatment is very useful and can effectively prevent the transmission of syphilis from mother to child (see HERE )


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