Advertisement

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.

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era

More About this Book

Our Bodies, Ourselves: A New Edition for a New Era

America's best-selling book on all aspects of women's health With more than four million copies sold, "Our Bodies, Ourselves" is "the" classic resource that women of all ages can turn to for...

Continue Learning about STDs

What to Do When You Get an STD
What to Do When You Get an STD
In 2012, an Oregon woman who sued her date for giving her genital herpes won $900,000. And one tycoon allegedly paid $52 million for giving chlamydia ...
Read More
How can I help my adolescent avoid sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
HealthyWomenHealthyWomen
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are particularly common among adolescents and an issue kids are...
More Answers
How can I have an STD if my STD test results are negative?
HealthyWomenHealthyWomen
No single test screens for all sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Some require a vaginal exam and...
More Answers
Dr. Diane Harper - How Are Human Papillomaviruses (HPV) Infections Detected?
Dr. Diane Harper - How Are Human Papillomaviruses (HPV) Infections Detected?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.