STDs affect more than the infected person. They can be transmitted to partners—even several partners before being identified—and sadly, a mother can pass an STD onto her baby. Syphilis has been specifically documented as a common STD passed from mother to baby.
Congenital syphilis had once been nearly eradicated, but the CDC has noted an increase of babies born with syphilis passed to them by their mother. Nearly 1,000 cases were reported in 2017.
Contracted by the baby during pregnancy or during birth, congenital syphilis has tremendous consequences. As many as 40% of babies with untreated syphilis may be stillborn or die from the infection. Those who survive can “suffer severe, life-long health consequences, including deformed bones, blindness, or deafness.”
Symptoms of syphilis often go unnoticed or can be easily attributed to other causes because of their generic nature. Symptoms appear between 10-90 days after infection and can lie latent for years with no detectable symptoms.
Watch carefully for these symptoms of syphilis:
- Small, firm sores on the anus, mouth, lips, fingers or buttocks
- Swollen lymph nodes specifically in the neck, armpits, or groin
- Skin rashes in palms of the hands or soles of the feet
- Unexplained headache, fatigue, muscle aches, or sore throat
While it’s important to watch for symptoms, its best practice to get tested often. Specifically with syphilis, symptoms may not show up until it’s too late. Frequent testing keeps everyone safe: you, your partner, and your child.
Private Testing Center offers affordable and convenient testing, in a constant effort to prevent the spread of Herpes, HIV and other STDs. Same Day appointments are available and with over 1500 locations nationwide, your closest location is only a short drive away. We understand your privacy is of the utmost importance and we assure confidentiality for every one of our customers.