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Increasing notifications of infectious syphilis in women of reproductive age

March 23, 2021

The Chief Medical Officer has provided an important letter concerning the significant increase in infectious syphilis in Australia posing an increased risk of congenital syphilis and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Clinicians are asked to:

  • Repeat testing in pregnant women at high risk of infection or reinfection.
  • Consider infectious syphilis as a possibility when conducting sexually transmissible infection screening.
  • Test for infectious syphilis in any sexually active young person where they, or their partner, resides in an area of high prevalence.

Click here to read the full letter.