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

Syphilis Information for Health Professionals

Syphilis Is On the Rise
The new CDC: Preliminary 2021 Data: Syphilis highlights the urgency of continuously increasing reported cases of syphilis nationwide, and in Minnesota (Syphilis Outbreak Response and Case Counts). Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that if left untreated, can be harmful and cause serious long-term health consequences. All communities in Minnesota should be vigilant, recognize the presence of syphilis, and take steps to get the word out about screening and prevention.

New 2021 STI Treatment Guidelines
The CDC's 2021 STI Treatment Guidelines have been updated. For an overview of important changes, review the 2021 STI Treatment Guideline Highlights (PDF).

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



  • 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 Tuesday, 19-Apr-2022 10:12:06 CDT