Congenital Syphilis and Syphilis during Pregnancy Online Training

May 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Syphilis rates among pregnant women and congenital syphilis rates are on the rise nationally and in California.  National data show a 25% increase in syphilis among pregnant women from 2012-2014.  In 2014, nearly 1 in 5 women who screened positive for syphilis were pregnant.  Data also show a sharp increase in the rate of congenital syphilis.  In 2015, the number of congenital syphilis cases was the highest it’s been since 2001.  Effective screening and treatment are key to fighting back against syphilis in pregnant women and infants – treatment for syphilis in pregnancy is highly efficacious, regardless of the stage of syphilis and gestational age.

Congenital Syphilis and Syphilis during Pregnancy

Archived Webinar with Jeanne Sheffield, MD, and Pablo Sanchez, MD

In the first installment of our 2017 STD Expert Hour Webinar Series, we address syphilis during pregnancy and congenital syphilis.  Our STD Expert Hour is a recurring webinar series that highlights current topics in the prevention and management of STD to further advance your practice. We’re excited to offer access to our network of STD Experts and hope you join us for valuable insights into delivering excellent sexual health care for your patients.

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

1. Describe current epidemiology of congenital syphilis and syphilis among women within the United States
2. Discuss syphilis screening recommendations for pregnant women
3. Describe clinical manifestations, diagnostic approach, staging, and management of congenital syphilis and syphilis during pregnancy

About the Presenters

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Jeanne Sheffield, MD, is the director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and a professor in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Her areas of clinical and research expertise include medical and surgical complications of pregnancy with a focus on infectious diseases and immunizations in pregnancy.

Dr. Sheffield serves on a number of national boards and committees. She is currently on the board of directors for the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and serves on the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She acts as a pregnancy consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is an active member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee.  Dr. Sheffield has published many articles in obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine journals, and written numerous textbook chapters. She is currently an editor of Williams Obstetrics, the definitive obstetrics textbook used worldwide.

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Pablo J. Sanchez, MD is a principal investigator in the Center for Perinatal Research at The Research Institute and a professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Sanchez is also a board-certified neonatologist and pediatric infectious diseases specialist, and the director of Clinical and Translational Research in Neonatology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. His clinical and translational research focuses on perinatal/neonatal infections and antibiotic stewardship. Dr. Sanchez is a past Principal Investigator for the NICHD Neonatal Research Network, and currently serves on the NICHD Pediatrics Subcommittee Grant Review Panel. He is a member of the editorial advisory board for Infectious Diseases in Children and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications.


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