Global Health Observatory (GHO) data

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Syphilis in pregnancy: In 2016, 1% or more of antenatal care attendees in 40 of 86 reporting countries were diagnosed with syphilis. Syphilis in pregnancy causes stillbirth, prematurity, low birthweight, neonatal death, and infections in newborns. These adverse outcomes can be prevented with a simple and inexpensive test and treatment with penicillin.

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Syphilis testing in pregnancy

≥95%of antenatal care attendees were tested for syphilis in 30 of 89 countries reporting for 2016

Syphilis in pregnancy

Syphilis in sex workers

≥5%of sex workers are infected with syphilis in 20 of 45 reporting countries for 2016

Sex workers with active syphilis

Sexually transmitted infections

1 millionpregnant women had active syphilis infection in 2016 and were at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes such as stillbirth and neonatal death due to congenital syphilis.

Report on global sexually transmitted infection surveillance 2015