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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.


STDs During Pregnancy CDC Fact Sheet

Syphilis Fact Sheet (CDC)


Testing & Treatment

CDC STD Treatment Guidelines


Data & Surveillance

Congenital Syphilis Data

California STD Data

National STD Data


Resources for Local Health Jurisdictions

Congenital Syphilis Prevention Guidance for CA Local Health Jurisdictions

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

Congenital Syphilis Resources for Field Investigation

Syphilis Reactor Algorithm and Charts

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 Educational Materials for the Public (One Page)

Congenital Syphilis Educational Materials for the Public (Two Pages)

Find Local Prenatal Care Providers

Congenital Syphilis Update for California Health Care Providers

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California Guidelines for STD Screening and Treatment in Pregnancy

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