Dear Provider: New York State Addendum for Congenital Syphilis

August 28, 2007

Dear Provider:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2006 (MMWR 2006;55[No. RR-11]) after consultation with a group of professionals knowledgeable in the field of STDs who met in Atlanta, Georgia, during April 19-21, 2005. These guidelines are based on currently available scientific evidence. Physicians and providers play a critical role in the prevention and treatment of STDs. These recommendations are intended as a source of clinical guidance to assist with that effort. These guidelines focus primarily on the treatment of STDs but also include information on prevention strategies and diagnostic recommendations.

Modifications have been made to align these guidelines with Bureau of STD Control policy and procedure with regard to the evaluation and management of pregnant women with syphilis and of infants at risk for congenital syphilis. These modified guidelines are enclosed as an addendum to your copy of the federal treatment guidelines.

Further consultation on these recommendations or information on epidemiological assistance may be obtained by contacting Bureau of STD Control personnel located in area offices or the central office of the New York State Department of Health.

  • Albany Regional Office (Troy): (518) 402-7411
  • Western Regional Office (Buffalo): (716) 847-4376
  • Rochester Regional Office: (585) 423-8103 or 1-800-757-5803
  • Syracuse Regional Office: (315) 477-8116 or 1-800-878-3827
  • Metro New York Region:
    • Long Island (631) 851-3095
    • Westchester Area (914) 654-7166
  • Central Office (Albany): (518) 474-3598

Consultation in New York City should be directed to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, STD Control Program at (212) 788-4443


F. Bruce Coles, D.O., Director

Bureau of STD Control
New York State Department of Health
ESP, Corning Tower, Room 1168
Albany, New York 12237