Did You Know? is a feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
View the Current Did You Know?
- 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 pdf icon[PDF-2.8MB] and work with healthcare providers to properly screen for, interpret test results pdf icon[PDF-1MB]external icon, and treat syphilis.
Did You Know? information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.