A pregnant woman with syphilis lost to follow-up

An expectant mother who was lost to follow-up after a syphilis contact attends her first antenatal visit

Mary is a 35-year-old primigravida who presents to her GP for her first antenatal visit at around 12 weeks’ gestation.

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Mary last attended the practice about 18 months previously. At that time, she presented requesting syphilis testing.

She had had unprotected intercourse two weeks prior with a casual male partner who had informed her he had since tested positive for syphilis.

Mary was asymptomatic at that presentation. At the time, the GP performed full STI testing.