Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease characterized by lesions that may involve any organ or tissue. The disease may be present for years without symptoms.
Syphilis can affect a pregnancy in several ways. It increases the chance of stillbirth. It can also cause various infections in the newborn. Any stage of syphilis during pregnancy can result in an infected infant.
Syphilis can be treated effectively during pregnancy with penicillin and other safe medications.