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.
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).
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.
STI Prevalence, Incidence, and Cost Estimates in the United States: 1 in 5 people in the United States had an STI on any given day in 2018. These updated estimates provide the clearest picture to date of how common and costly STIs are in the United States. (January 25, 2021)
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): New analysis finds 1 in 2 newborn syphilis cases occur due to gaps in testing and treatment during prenatal care. (June 4, 2020)
- Dear Colleague Letterpdf icon: from Dr. Gail Bolan, Director, Division of STD Prevention
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)
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. (April 13, 2021)
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)