A pediatric infectious disease specialist discusses a case involving congenital syphilis, the current screening paradigm, and opportunities for improvement.
A dramatic rise in syphilis infections nationwide is sparking a renewed focus on the importance of screening during pregnancy and at birth to protect mothers and infants.
STI rates are increasing dramatically in the United States, with newborn deaths due to congenital syphilis up 22% from 2017. Reproductive Infections Diseases Specialist and Ob/Gyn, Oluwatosin Goje, MD, discusses the increasing STI rates in Ohio specifically, and Cleveland Clinic’s response.
Second syphilis test, at 28-32 weeks of pregnancy, universally adopted after congenital syphilis is diagnosed in 3-month old boy with mystery rash.