2017 STD Surveillance Report
September 25, 2018 – Sharp increases of congenital syphilis threaten the health of newborn babies
According to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report, cases of congenital syphilis more than doubled since 2013 (362 in 2013 to 918 in 2017), outpacing overall increases in STDs nationwide. Congenital syphilis can result in miscarriage, newborn death, and severe lifelong health complications.
- Press Release: Congenital syphilis cases reach 20 year high
- Full Report: Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance, 2017
- Fact Sheet: Reported STDs in the United States, 2017
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Syphilis in Newborns is on the Rise
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In the past four years, cases of congenital syphilis have more than doubled since 2013 (362 cases in 2013 to 918 cases in 2017). Congenital syphilis can result in miscarriage, newborn death, and severe lifelong health complications. If untreated, there is up to an 80% chance of a mother passing syphilis onto her unborn baby.
Syphilis in Newborns: The State of the Nation
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While 37 states reported at least one case of congenital syphilis in 2017, five states accounted for 70 percent of all cases.
Syphilis Testing is Essential for All Pregnant Women
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It is s critical that all pregnant women visit a health care provider as soon as possible during every pregnancy and are tested for syphilis at least once. For some women, repeat testing may be needed. CDC research shows that there is an 80% change of a mother passing syphilis to her unborn baby if left untested or untreated.
STDs in the United States, 2017
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CDC’s surveillance data found recent increases in STDs have continued for four consecutive years — and that the nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported to CDC for 2017 exceed the previous 2016 record by more than 200,000 cases.
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