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The UK NSC recommendation on Syphilis screening in pregnancy

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme recommended
Last review completed December 2013
Next review due in n/a
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Evidence to support continuation or cessation of existing screening programmes should be reviewed regularly. The process for this is currently being revised, which is why this topic does not currently have a review date. The new process will be published in due course. Each programme has an active portfolio of research, evidence and audit to support continual improvement. Find out more about syphilis screening, as part the infectious diseases in pregnancy screening programme in England.


Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening recommended by UK NSC?

The UK NSC found that syphilis still occurs in young women and there is a continuing risk of it being passed on to their baby if it is not treated with antibiotics.

Further information on infectious diseases in pregnancy screening can be found here

More about Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is typically passed through sexual contact. However, it can be passed on by intravenous drug use (injecting drugs directly into the vein), blood transfusions and from an infected mother to her unborn child. The latter is known as congenital syphilis.

» Read more about syphilis

Screening in the UK

Compare how screening is offered across the UK.


British Association for Sexual Health and HIV
British Maternal & Fetal Medicine Society
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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