In response to an increase in syphilis rates and two reported cases in BC of congenital syphilis in 2019, the following interim guideline is recommended, jointly developed by BC CDC, BCW and PSBC.
All pregnant individuals should have syphilis screening performed at 2 time points:
- During the first trimester of pregnancy or at the first prenatal visit ( existing recommendation); AND
- At delivery – at time of admission for delivery or any time after 35 weeks for those planning home births (new recommendation).
These recommendations apply to all individuals, regardless of assessed or perceived risk, and are in line with several other jurisdictions in Canada.
The following information is available: