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How Does Syphilis Affect a Pregnant Woman and Her Baby?

Understanding the Effects of Syphilis on Pregnancy

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI, which may also be categorized as STD) that can severely impact the health of a pregnant mother and her baby when left untreated. There are four stages of syphilis. The first set of symptoms women may experience are sores around the vagina, anus, or rectum. Sores may also be found in the mouth or on the lips.

Thankfully, syphilis is highly treatable with penicillin. However, it’s critical to get treatment as soon as possible so it does not progress into advanced stages. Here’s what you need to know.

The Impact of Syphilis on Pregnancy Without Treatment

When left untreated, pregnant mothers are at risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, and death of the baby shortly after birth. Babies born with syphilis may have the following health issues:

  • Bone damage
  • Severe anemia
  • Enlarged liver and spleen
  • Jaundice
  • Blindness or deafness
  • Meningitis
  • Skin rashes

Infants diagnosed with syphilis should be closely monitored post-delivery to assess their health status and any additional need for treatments.

Syphilis on the Rise in California

An article published by USA today in 2018 reported that the California STD rate had reached an all-time high and a spike in stillbirths due to syphilis. In 2018, syphilis cases in women increased by an alarming 743% in California. Men had an increase in cases at 268%.

When You Need Help With an STD Lawsuit KMD Law is Here For You.

If you contracted an STD from a sexual partner who did not disclose their status, you might be eligible to pursue an STD lawsuit. An STD diagnosis is emotionally devastating and can come with many dire health risks. Receiving compensation through an STD lawsuit can help you relieve the burden of medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

We know that privacy is a concern, and calling out a sexual partner who gave you an STD is not easy. Our caring lawyers are here to ease your fears and concerns. We’ll fight to protect your rights and give you support when going through a challenging time.

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