Congenital Syphilis

A preventable problem

The number of babies born with syphilis in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate. There were over 10 times as many babies born with syphilis in 2022 than in 2012.

infants born with syphilis in 2022

Syphilis during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth, and infants born with syphilis can have lifelong health issues.

Timely testing and treatment during pregnancy might have prevented

0 %
of the cases of congenital syphilis in 2022.

2 in 5

people who had a baby with syphilis did not get prenatal care.

If you are pregnant, you can protect yourself and your baby from syphilis.

Congenital syphilis prevention

Go see a health care provider and ask about syphilis testing. All pregnant women should be tested for syphilis, ideally at their first doctor visit.

Make sure you get your results. If you test positive, you'll want to get started on treatment right away to protect yourself and your baby.

Continue to see your health care provider throughout your pregnancy. Your doctor may need to retest you for syphilis at the beginning of your third trimester and at delivery, depending on how common syphilis infections are in the area that you live in.