Congenital syphilis warning as infections surge among young women

Syphilis cases have more than doubled in Victoria with most other states also recording rises

GPs are urged to have a low threshold for screening women for syphilis later in pregnancy amid rising cases of the infection, including congenital syphilis.

Congenital syphilis warning as cases among young women surge

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, Professor Brett Sutton, issued an advisory on Wednesday to encourage wider screening in response to a doubling of cases in the state since 2014.

Cases spiked at 1670 last year, just over 1000 more than reported in 2014, with most cases among women involving those of reproductive age.