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Congenital Syphilis Is On The Rise Near You

Syphilis can be a big problem if you’re pregnant. Syphilis can spread from an infected person to their newborn. This is called Congenital Syphilis.

What Exactly IS Congenital Syphilis? 

Congenital Syphilis is when someone is infected with Syphilis during pregnancy and that person passes it to their newborn. 

Congenital Syphilis can have major health impacts on newborn. But the effects depend on how long you have had syphilis and if — or when — you got treatment for the infection.

Can It Be Treated? 

Testing is a simple blood test. It's the only way to know for sure if you have syphilis.

If you test positive, syphilis can be easily cured with antibiotics, and we can treat your partner too.

Syphilis is 100% preventable & treatable.

"Congenital syphilis continues to rise at an alarming rate in California, U.S."

FROM THE SACRAMENTO BEE:

One of the nation’s most preventable diseases is killing newborns in ever-increasing numbers.

Nationwide, 1,306 infants acquired syphilis from their mother in 2018, a 40% rise over 2017, according to federal data released Tuesday. Seventy-eight of those babies were stillborn, and 16 died after birth.... 

Congenital syphilis is a public health crisis in California

Newborns to individuals with syphilis may be stillborn or die from infection. The number born with congentital syphilis in California increased every year since 2012.

Prenatal screening and prompt treatment for pregnant women who are infected with Spyhilis is essential for preventing these devastating birth outcomes.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOURSELF?

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Confirm your pregnancy

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Get tested for syphilis
(you and your partner too)

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Get treatment

 

In response to this Public Health Crisis, at PPMM, we screen all pregnant women for STIs, unless they decline testing and we have extended our syphilis-screening protocol to include all individuals who could become pregnant.