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 STD Surveillance 2017, starting at the Table of Contents.
Downloadable graphic for use in your materials.
Customize this printable infographic with your local statistics.
Ready-made content for use on your Twitter and Facebook.
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.
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
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
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.
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- Page last reviewed: September 24, 2018
- Page last updated: September 24, 2018
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