Syphilis

Syphilis can have very serious consequences when left untreated.

Syphilis can have very serious complications when left untreated.

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You should get tested regularly if you are pregnant, are a man who has sex with men, have HIV infection, and/or have partner(s) who have tested positive for syphilis.

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The majority of reported male primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis cases where sex of sex partner is known are among men who have sex with men (MSM).

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Syphilis is easy to cure in its early stages. Pregnant women should be tested regularly for syphilis because infection with syphilis can cause serious problems in a baby.

Highlights

Syphilis Increase in USA

Syphilis Risk Supplement: Report with data on all reported risk behaviors and characteristics for primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis cases for 2014-2018 (January 22, 2020)

A Devastating Surge in Congenital Syphilis: How Can We Stop It?external icon In this Medscape expert commentary, CDC’s Dr. Laura H. Bachmann, MD, MPH speaks to rising congenital syphilis rates and what healthcare providers can do to help (January 23, 2019)

The State of STDs in the United States: This *customizable* infographic highlights statistics for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis, as well as the populations most affected by these STDs, consequences when left untreated, and ways to prevent them. (October 18, 2019)

Let’s Work Together to Stem the Tide of Rising Syphilis in the United States:pdf icon CDC issues a call to action for communities impacted by the STD and other groups who have the power to reduce the burden of infection through research, treatment, and outreach. The document also lists how CDC will contribute to reducing syphilis burden. (April 25, 2017)

Syphilis Success Stories
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The Alaska Division of Public Health, CDC, and community members worked together to get to the bottom of a syphilis outbreak in Anchorage.
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Nine CDC-funded jurisdictions made great strides in establishing and activating systems to help identify and prevent congenital syphilis in their communities.
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The Louisiana Department of Health’s STD/HIV Program is pulling out all of the stops to tackle increases in syphilis and its impact on women and babies in the state.
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