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How does syphilis affect a pregnant mother and her child?

A pregnant woman with syphilis can pass it to her fetus, especially during the first few years of her infection. If treatment is given early in the pregnancy, the fetus probably won't be affected. Later on, medication can stop the disease, but it cannot repair damage already done (a child may be stillborn or have serious abnormalities at birth). Every woman should get a blood test for syphilis as soon as she knows she is pregnant, before delivery, and anytime she may have been exposed.

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