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Congenital Syphilis

Congenital syphilis is an infection transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy and/or delivery caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. Congenital syphilis can cause severe illness in babies including premature birth, low birth weight, birth defects, blindness, and hearing loss. It can also lead to stillbirth and infant death. Tests and treatment for pregnant women are readily available.

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Facts

STDs During Pregnancy CDC Fact Sheet

Syphilis Fact Sheet (CDC)

Testing & Treatment

CDC STD Treatment Guidelines

Data & Surveillance

California STD Data

National STD Data

Resources for Local Health Jurisdictions

Congenital Syphilis Prevention Guidance for CA Local Health Jurisdictions (PDF)

National Recommendations for Partner Services Programs for HIV Infection, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydial Infection

Congenital Syphilis Resources for Field Investigation

Congenital Syphilis Educational Materials for the Public (One Page) (PDF)

  • Please contact Ashley Dockter (ashley.dockter@cdph.ca.gov) if you need assistance with customizing these materials or you would like these materials in Spanish.

Congenital Syphilis Educational Materials for the Public (Two Pages) (PDF)

  • Please contact Ashley Dockter (ashley.dockter@cdph.ca.gov) if you need assistance with customizing these materials or you would like these materials in Spanish.

Congenital Syphilis Morbidity & Mortality Review Toolkit Instructions (PDF)

Congenital Syphilis Morbidity & Mortality Review Toolkit PowerPoint (PPTX)

  • If you are having difficulty accessing this document, please contact Ashley Dockter (ashley.dockter@cdph.ca.gov) to request this information in an alternate format.

Syphilis Reactor Algorithm and Charts (PDF)

California Department of Public Health - Sexually Transmitted Diseases Branch

California Department of Public Health - Office of AIDS

Resources for Providers

California STD HIV Training Center

CDC STD Program

Congenital Syphilis Press Release           

Congenital Syphilis Update for California Health Care Providers (PDF)

  • If you are having difficulty accessing this document please contact CDPH at (510) 620-3400 or stdcb@cdph.ca.gov to request this information in an alternate format.

California STD Screening and Treatment Recommendations  in Pregnancy, 2017 (PDF)

Protect Your Baby from Syphilis Infographic

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