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What is syphilis and how does it affect pregnancy?

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Syphilis is caused by bacteria spread through sex contact with an infected partner. All pregnant women have routine blood screening for syphilis at the first prenatal visit. If you test positive, you can protect your baby from infection by taking a course of penicillin, which your doctor will prescribe for you. Women allergic to penicillin usually can be treated after a series of steps to make their bodies and immune system accustomed to the antibiotic. In order to avoid reinfection, abstain from sexual contact with infected partners.

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians. National Institutes of Health. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.


Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 15, 2017

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians. National Institutes of Health. National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.


Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 15, 2017

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