Researchers in Spain have recently completed a study into the effects of gestational syphilis on pregnancy and perinatal outcomes.
Syphilis is an on-going problem in Mexico. Each year more than
330,000 pregnant women test positive for syphilis. Syphilis can be
passed to the infant; resulting in congenital syphilis in some cases.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection or STI, that is not so common in pregnancy in the United States. Due to the increased risk of pregnancy complications, women are typically screened for syphilis during prenatal testing.
STD prevention is easy: don’t have unprotected sex. The easiest and most effective preventative tactic is the use of condoms. Men have the power to reduce the number of people dying every year due to STDs.
STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, are passed from one person to another via unprotected sex. Syphilis is only one of three major STDs men have to worry about when choosing sexual partners and protection. The two others are HIV and Gonorrhea.
Sexually transmitted diseases affect more than 2 million women every year. This number can only be tallied by the number of women who are treated or diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease making the real number more than likely far greater.
An infection during pregnancy is different from when you are not pregnant - it can affect the pregnant woman as well as the developing fetus inside the uterus.
Intrauterine or perinatally transmitted STDs can have fatal or severely debilitating effects on a fetus. The following are the CDC (Centers for Diseases Control) recommendations for screening of pregnant women for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Fetal conditions for a high-risk pregnancy.