Congenital Syphilis Resources for Providers

Cases are Rising

Congenital syphilis infections are on the rise in North Carolina.

Congenital syphilis is PREVENTABLE by early detection and rapid treatment of the mother's infection.

NCDHHS is working to improve access to syphilis testing, as well as community awareness about this growing epidemic, so that pregnant women and the people who love them have access to information and treatment.

Continued Rise in Female and Congenital Syphilis Infections

North Carolina Case Review Findings

Findings from a review of congenital syphilis cases in North Carolina from 2016 to 2022 indicate infants end up with congenital syphilis when:

  • There is no or late entry of pregnant women into prenatal care.
  • There was prenatal care but incomplete syphilis testing during pregnancy.
  • Mother received delayed, no, or inadequate treatment for her stage of syphilis infection.
  • The exposed newborn was not appropriately evaluated or treated at birth for congenital syphilis.

Increase in congenital syphilis cases in 2022

Chart shows an increase in congenital syphilis cases in North Carolina over time, from 1 in 2012 to 57 in 2022, and a continued increase in 2023.

Your Role as a Provider

As a clinician, you play an important role in preventing congenital syphilis. Here's how you can do your part:


Tab/Accordion Items

Each set of posters below downloads as a .zip folder. How to extract the contents: Right-click on the folder after downloading, then select "Extract All."

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Stop Congenital Syphilis in its Tracks - Posters (.zip folder)
Stop Syphilis in its Tracks - MSM Community Posters (.zip folder)