ASHM Report Back
Clinical posts from members and guests of the Australasian Society for HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Sexual Health Medicine (ASHM) from various international medical and scientific conferences on HIV, AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexual health.
Syphilis in women of child bearing age
Pregnancy testing should be routine in women of childbearing age who test positive for syphilis.
Women with syphilis present late.
The earlier a pregnant woman is treated for syphilis the better the outcome.
Up to 20% of women with syphilis are pregnant.
Women with syphilis are more likely to have other STIs.
Pregnant women identified as having syphilis are regularly tested throughout their pregnancy for evidence of ongoing infection to reduce the likelihood of congenital syphilis.
One case of confirmed congenital syphilis and 2 suspected cases where the baby required 10 days of iv penicillin in Northern Territory in the year described.
These rates are typical per state per year in Australia.