Despite a national plan to eliminate syphilis by 2005, recent trends have reversed previously achieved progress in the United States. After a nadir between 2000 and 2013, rates of primary and secondary syphilis among women and congenital syphilis rose by 172% and 185% between 2014 and 2018, respectively. Screening early in pregnancy, repeat screening in the third trimester and at delivery among women at high risk, adherence to recommended treatment regimens, and prompt reporting of newly diagnosed syphilis cases to local public health authorities are strategies that obstetrician-gynecologists can employ to fight the current epidemic. In this report, clinical manifestations and management of syphilis in pregnancy are reviewed, and both traditional and reverse sequence screening algorithms are reviewed in detail in the context of clinical obstetrics.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology