Syphilis in Babies: San Diego County Health Officials Urge Pregnant Women to Get Tested for Sexually Transmitted Disease”.

Health Officials Advise Screening for Syphilis During Pregnancy in San Diego County

Syphilis in babies can lead to serious complications that may affect their health for life. San Diego County public health officials are urging pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant to speak with their healthcare provider about getting screened for syphilis. The number of congenital syphilis cases in the county has risen, with 35 cases in 2022 compared to 30 cases in 2021, including two stillbirths. Cases of syphilis in women of childbearing age have also increased from 369 in 2021 to 424 cases in 2022.

Syphilis is a contagious bacterial infection that can be transmitted through sexual contact or from a mother to her baby during pregnancy, resulting in congenital syphilis. Health officials emphasize the importance of testing for syphilis during the first prenatal visit and again during the third trimester. Treatment with antibiotics is available, even during pregnancy. It is crucial for both pregnant women and their sexual partners to get tested and treated if necessary.

The rate of congenital syphilis has increased by nearly 1,200% since 2013. Syphilis in babies can result in serious complications such as bone abnormalities, severe anemia, enlarged organs, and neurological issues like vision or hearing loss. Nationwide, cases of syphilis, including congenital syphilis, have been on the rise since the early 2000s, with a slight decrease from 2021 to 2022.

County public health centers offer resources for syphilis and other STD testing. Pregnant women should prioritize their health and the health of their unborn babies by getting tested for syphilis and seeking treatment if needed.

In summary, it’s essential for pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant to speak with their healthcare provider about getting screened for syphilis as it can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Syphilis is a contagious bacterial infection that can be transmitted through sexual contact or from a mother to her baby during pregnancy resulting in congenital syphilis which could lead miscarriage stillbirth and death if left untreated.

The rate of congenital syphilis has increased significantly since 2013 and it’s not just limited within San Diego County but nationwide too. Pregnant women should prioritize their health by getting tested for this disease at least twice – once during the first prenatal visit and again during the third trimester.

Treatment options are available even during pregnancy but only if both pregnant women and their sexual partners get tested and treated if necessary.

It’s time we take responsibility towards our own health as well as our partner’s when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases (STD) like Syphilis which could potentially harm us or our unborn babies if not addressed timely!

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