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The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) reported this week that in 2022, 13 cases of Congenital Syphilis (exclusive of Philadelphia), which is the highest number reported in Pennsylvania since 1990.


There has been a significant increase in overall reported Early Syphilis cases in females. In 2022 cases for Pennsylvania (exclusive of Philadelphia) increased 32% from 238 cases reported in 2021 to 314 cases reported in 2022.

Of the 314 female cases of Early Syphilis reported in 2022, 86% of the cases were reported in females of reproductive age, ages 15-44.

In 2022, Pennsylvania (exclusive of Philadelphia) reported a total of 1,600 cases of Early Syphilis which represents the highest number of Syphilis cases since 1990.

DOH recommends that pregnant individuals be offered a test for syphilis three times – at the first prenatal visit, the third trimester of pregnancy, and at the delivery of a child or a stillborn child.

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