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Congenital Syphilis

Congenital syphilis is an infection in a fetus or infant that results from untreated syphilis during pregnancy. Congenital syphilis can lead to stillbirth, infant death, and serious birth defects including brain and nerve problems. Pregnant women should be tested for syphilis at the first prenatal visit and again during the third trimester. Syphilis in pregnancy can be treated with weekly doses of a single antibiotic medication.

Over the last several years, Oregon has experienced a steep increase in syphilis among women and congenital syphilis. From 2014 to 2018, the number of early syphilis infections among women has increased over 300% and the number of congenital syphilis infections has increased 400%. Medical providers, public health professionals, and the public all play a role in congenital syphilis prevention.

Resources for the Public

Information about Congenital Syphilis
Pregnancy Health Services
Maternal and Child Health Home Visiting Programs

How to Prevent STDs
Helpful Websites

Resources for Medical Providers

Evaluation of Syphilis in Pregnancy
Treatment of Syphilis in Pregnancy
Evaluation and Treatment of Infants
Syphilis is Reportable - How to Report

Resources for Local Public Health

STD Data

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