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- All pregnant women should be screened for HIV, syphilis, and hepatitis B, and some should be screened for hepatitis C, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and TB.
- CDC screening recommendations are designed to prevent transmission of infections to the infant and ensure timely care and treatment for both mother and baby.
- Healthcare providers can use this helpful timeline for screening pregnant patients.
- Syphilis cases in newborn babies have more than doubled in 4 years, reaching a 20-year high, according to CDC’s new 2017 STD Surveillance Report.
- Testing and treatment are vital because syphilis passed to a baby during pregnancy can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or severe lifelong physical and mental health problems.
- Health departments can take action to reduce syphilis Cdc-pdf[PDF-2.8MB] and work with healthcare providers to properly screen for, interpret test results Cdc-pdf[PDF-1MB]External, and treat syphilis.
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