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Syphilis in pregnant women & congenital syphilis

Massimo Giolo talks about congenital syphilis and screening during pregnancy.  Massimo is a Consultant Physician working at Bay of Plenty DHB, with specialist training in infectious disease medicine as well as sexual health.

The number of cases of syphilis has more than doubled between 2015 and 2017, with the number of congenital syphilis cases rising. Increased screening is crucial to interrupt the spread of syphilis and to reduce the risk of long-term effects from undiagnosed syphilis.


Take home messages


  1. NZ Sexual Health Clinics
  2. Syphilis case definition and notification forms
  3. Just the Facts website

Patient Resources


Massimo Giola

Consultant Physician

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