Syphilis Information for Health Care Professionals, Clinicians - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Syphilis Information for Health Professionals

Information specific to health care providers regarding guidelines, treatment, testing, and reporting.

Case definition

Aid to diagnosis

  • Syphilis: Aid to Diagnosis
    These images are intended to help health care professionals identify and diagnose syphilis. We do not suggest proceeding unless you are a health care professional who needs to see such images.

Treatment guidance

Syphilis in Pregnancy and Congenital Syphilis


Training materials


  • Revised Syphilis Screening Recommendations for Pregnant Women (PDF)
    MDH letter to prenatal, perinatal, and pediatric health care providers. February 15, 2019
  • News Release: Syphilis rates rise among women in Minnesota
    Health officials are concerned over a jump in syphilis cases among Minnesota women. Preliminary data for 2015 show syphilis cases in women were up 63 percent compared to 2014. The increase is occurring primarily among women of child-bearing age in all racial and ethnic groups, including pregnant women. February 2, 2016

  • Health Advisory: Syphilis Testing of ALL Pregnant Women (PDF)
    Minnesota is seeing a significant increase of infectious and latent syphilis cases among women of all racial and ethnic groups. Eighty percent of all cases in women are concentrated in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and twenty percent in Greater Minnesota. Native American women have the largest increase of 750 percent. Jan 14, 2016


  • Reducing Syphilis Rates: A Health Care Provider's Role
    This CDC video walks health care providers through the three key actions that they can take to help reverse the rising syphilis rates: Talk, Test, and Treat.

  • STD Information for Health Providers
    Health notices, information on reporting and treating STDs, expedited partner therapy (EPT), and other tools and resources.

  • Refugee Health Provider Resources
    Clinical resources for health professionals who administer and coordinate the refugee health assessment exam, including forms for health screening, population-specific medical information, and an online refugee health CME module.

Updated Wednesday, 27-May-2020 08:57:10 CDT