• DSHS HIV/STD Program
    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, TX 78714

    Phone: 737-255-4300

    Email the HIV/STD Program

    Email HIV, STD, Hepatitis C, and TB data requests to the Program – Use this email to request Texas HIV, STD, Hepatitis C, and TB data and statistics. Do not use this email to request treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs or services. Do not email personal, identifying health information such as HIV status, date of birth, or Social Security Number.

    For treatment/testing history, please contact your local health department.

    For information on HIV testing and services available to persons living with HIV, please contact your local HIV services organization.

Congenital Syphilis - Provider Resources

Congenital Syphilis case in Texas have increased by more than 650% since 2016. 2016, 70 cases. 2017, 166 cases. 2018, 371 cases. 2019, 528 cases.Congenital Syphilis Call to Action – DSHS released a call to action on November 23, 2020 in response to an ongoing increase in syphilis cases among women of childbearing age.

Syphilis in newborns is known as Congenital Syphilis (CS). Syphilis can be transmitted during pregnancy or at delivery when someone is untreated or inadequately treated for their syphilis diagnosis. Congenital syphilis can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery, birth defects, and even perinatal death. According to CDC, up to 40 percent of infants born to mothers with untreated syphilis acquired within four years of delivery may be stillborn or die as a newborn. Some infants with congenital syphilis can be asymptomatic and healthy at birth but develop life-altering complications later in life. Congenital syphilis can also present with a spectrum of serious manifestations.  Learn more about Congenital Syphilis in Texas (PDF).

DSHS has hosted a provider summit on CS to increase awareness and knowledge of maternal and CS among medical providers in Texas and plans to host subsequent educational events. 

In Texas, it is required by law that all pregnant women get tested for syphilis a minimum of three times during their pregnancy: at first prenatal visit, during the third trimester, and at delivery.Testing and Treatment

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Last updated February 9, 2022