• DSHS HIV/STD Program

    Post Office Box 149347, MC 1873
    Austin, Texas 78714

    Phone: 737-255-4300

    Email the HIV/STD Program

    Email HIV, STD, Hepatitis C, and TB data requests to the Program – This email can be used to request data and statistics on HIV, STDs, Hepatitis C, and TB in Texas. It cannot be used to get treatment or infection history for individuals, or to request information on programs and services. Please do not include any personal, identifying health information in your email such as HIV status, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, etc.

    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


1 in 750 infants in Texas were born with Congenital Syphilis in 2019Congenital Syphilis Call to Action – DSHS released a call to action on November 23, 2020 in response to an ongoing increase in congenital syphilis and syphilis cases among women of childbearing age.

What is Congenital Syphilis?

Nationally, the number of combined STD cases continues to break records and Texas has not been immune to the STD epidemic. These rising rates of STDs, especially syphilis, has led to the tragic consequence of rising rates of syphilis in newborns.

Syphilis in newborns is known as Congenital Syphilis (CS). When syphilis is untreated or inadequately treated, it can be passed during pregnancy or at delivery to an unborn child. A syphilis diagnosis during pregnancy increases adverse pregnancy outcomes including miscarriage, stillbirth, or preterm delivery. CS can also lead to health complications like hydrops fetalis (extreme swelling), hepatosplenomegaly (swelling of the liver and/or spleen), rashes, fever, anemia, failure to thrive, blindness, deafness, or deformities of the face, teeth, and bones, and even perinatal death.

Reporting Congenital Syphilis Provider Resources Program Resources
Data and Surveillance For the Public FIMR

Congenital Syphilis Logic Model and Work Plan (PDF)

Congenital Syphilis Legislative Report (PDF)

Congenital Syphilis

Reporting Congenital Syphilis

Provider Resources

Program Resources

Data and Surveillance

For the Public

FIMR



Last updated May 20, 2021