Syphilis Epidemic Demands Action: ACOG Issues Landmark Recommendations for Expectant Mothers

Syphilis Epidemic in Pregnancy
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United States – Screening of syphilis infection is recommended thrice during pregnancy for every woman who should expect a child, according to the newly released guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Syphilis lights up the urgent action

Soon after, ACOG’s initiative is mirrored with the results drawn from the CDC studies that have shown that the past three years have witnessed tripling of maternal syphilis rate and a slight increase of babies being born with syphilis, respectively. The growing numbers indicate that preventative actions need to be taken giving a maternal and infant health to ensure, as reported by HealthDay.

Addressing Preventable Cases Through Timely Screening

Highlighting the preventable nature of many syphilis cases, ACOG stresses the importance of timely screening and treatment. With 88% of syphilis cases among infants deemed preventable through proper intervention, ACOG advocates for routine screening during pregnancy to mitigate risks and save lives.

Overcoming Challenges in Syphilis Prevention

The ACOG takes into account the obstacles in the way like scarcity of medicines, limited availability of prenatal care, and negative attitude of society towards sexual transmitted flu. The role of professionals in this area is twofold: they fight syphilis rates through early diagnosis and treatment, and they work to eradicate congenital syphilis – that is by increasing routine screening to various healthcare settings, as reported by HealthDay.

“Timely diagnosis and treatment are key to reducing syphilis rates, and yet we are currently facing several challenges, including treatment shortages, lack of access to prenatal care and the stigma that surrounds sexually transmitted infections,” Zahn said in an ACOG news release. “Congenital syphilis can have devastating effects. We know that a majority of cases can be prevented, so additional routine screening during pregnancy is one important step that clinicians can take that could potentially be lifesaving.”