Syphilis has been spreading in our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities since 2011. Babies have died because of syphilis and many other babies have been born with life long health complications.
One of the ways we can protect ourselves and our babies is to go for early and regular pregnancy checks called antenatal care. During antenatal care you can get the syphilis blood test done.
Clinics should be offering testing at your first antenatal visit, at 28 weeks and at 36 weeks. Further testing should be offered at delivery and 6 weeks post-partum. It’s a good idea to say yes to these tests just to be safe.
For more information visit www.youngdeadlyfree.org.au
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