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Sharp increases of syphilis among newborns underscore need for improved testing and treatment for pregnant women

New data from CDC’s STD Surveillance Report show congenital syphilis cases have more than doubled since 2013, reaching a total of 918 cases in 2017 alone.

Following CDC’s screening and treatment recommendations for pregnant women is critical. All women should be tested for syphilis early in their pregnancy, and women at risk for syphilis should be tested at the beginning of the third trimester (approximately 28 weeks’ gestation) and again at delivery.

This page provides resources for the 2017 STD Surveillance Report. You can browse the report online, access the NEW graphic for congenital syphilis  and the editable ‘State of STDs’ infographic, or use the social media toolkit for Twitter and Facebook.

Browse the Full Report

Browse the Report Online

Browse STD Surveillance 2017, starting at the Table of Contents.

Congenital Syphilis in the U.S.

Congenital Syphilis Graphic

Downloadable graphic for use in your materials.

The State of STDs

The State of STDs Infographic

Customize this printable infographic with your local statistics.

Social Media Toolkit

Social Media Toolkit

Ready-made content for use on your Twitter and Facebook.


View the full report as a PDF [21 MB].

Slides: PowerPoint slides of the graphs from 2017 surveillance.

Announcement from Dr. Gail Bolan: CDC’s STD Director on the continued concerning increases in congenital syphilis.

Press Release: Newborn syphilis cases more than double in four years, reaching 20-year high.

Use the State Ranking Tables (tables 2, 13, 26, and 40) to understand what’s happening where you live.

View Figures in the National Profile.

View Figures in the Special Focus Profiles.

Fast Facts

Congenital Syphilis│918 cases; 154% increase since 2013

Chlamydia│1.7 million cases; 22% increase since 2013

Gonorrhea│ 555,608 cases; 67% increase since 2013

Primary and Secondary Syphilis│30,644 cases; 76% increase since 2013

Primary and Secondary Syphilis—Rates of Reported Cases Among Women Aged 15-44 by Age Group, US, 2008-2017

Figure 43. Line graph showing United States rates of reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis among women aged 15 to 44 years from 2008 to 2017 by age group. Data for 2013 to 2017 provided in table 34.

The rise in congenital syphilis parallels primary and secondary syphilis increases in women of reproductive age. Learn more about syphilis trends.

Congenital Syphilis—Rates of Reported Cases Among Infants by Year of Birth and State, US, 2017

Figure J. United States map showing rates of reported cases of congenital syphilis among infants in 2017 by year of birth, state, and outlying areas (Guam, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands). Data provided in table 41.

While 37 states reported at least once case of congenital syphilis, some parts of the country are disproportionately burdened – primarily in Western and Southern states. Learn more about syphilis trends.

Patient and Healthcare Provider Resources

Congenital Syphilis Fact Sheet

Congenital Syphilis Fact Sheet

Protecting Your Baby from Syphilis: A Guide for Pregnant Women

What Pregnant Women Can Do

STDs During Pregnancy Fact Sheet

STDs and pregnancy fact sheet

Syphilis Video for Healthcare Providers

Syphilis treatment and care - 90 second video

Syphilis and Your Patients: A Guide for Health Care Providers

What Healthcare Providers Can Do

STD Treatment Guidelines, 2015

STD Treatment Guidelines, 2015