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Syphilis cases are increasing in Colorado. The total number of cases has tripled over the last 5 years, and cases of congenital syphilis (when a mother passes the infection to her baby during pregnancy) are 7 times higher than they were 2018. We recommend all pregnant persons be tested for syphilis at the first prenatal visit, early in the third trimester, and at the time of delivery. Additionally, the state health department recommends anyone who is 15 to 44 years old and sexually active be offered syphilis testing.

What to know about syphilis

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious health problems if untreated. You can get syphilis through vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who has syphilis. There are different stages of syphilis infection, and each stage has different signs and symptoms. Depending on the stage you may have no outward signs or symptoms of syphilis.

Is there a cure?

Yes! Syphilis can be cured with antibiotics. While symptoms typically resolve fully, some individuals with more serious complications may experience ongoing vision or hearing changes.

What can you do?

Get tested! If you are pregnant, be sure to speak with your healthcare team about syphilis testing. If you are between 15 to 44 years old and sexually active, make an appointment with your healthcare provider or the Denver Sexual Health Clinic if you have questions or want to be tested.

If you are a provider, please visit the CDPHE website for information about the new requirements and expanded screening recommendations for syphilis.

Learn more by visiting the CDPHE syphilis information page.

Get your children vaccinated against illnesses like Measles, Flu, and Whooping Cough at our Immunization Clinic today!

Make an appointment by calling the Immunization Clinic at 303-602-3520. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. We accept Medicaid and provide no- and low-cost vaccines for people without insurance. Vaccine costs vary depending on insurance and patient age, and prices are subject to change.

Why Should Kids Get Their Routine Vaccinations?

Vaccinating your child is one of the most important things you can do to protect their health. Kids are particularly vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases because their immune systems are less developed and less able to fight off infection. Vaccines offer long-lasting immunity and help keep our kids safe and healthy.

How do I find out what vaccines my kid(s) already have, and/or what vaccines they may need?

In Colorado, you can request your child’s vaccination record through the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS). Our team members are also able to review your child’s immunization records and make recommendations to get them fully vaccinated and protected.