Syphilis in pregnant women

implications of diagnosis revelation and partner notification strategies


  • Ana Fátima Braga Rocha
  • Maria Alix Leite Araújo
  • Valéria Lima de Barros
  • Ana Karinne Dantas de Oliveira


syphilis, congenital syphilis, sexual partners


Introduction: The low percentage of sexual partners of pregnant women with treated syphilis is one of the main obstacles to the control of congenital syphilis. Objective: To analyze the notification of the syphilis diagnosis to the sexual partner of the pregnant woman, its implications and the suggested summoning strategies. Methods: This is a qualitative research conducted in Fortaleza, State of Ceará, from April to October, 2014. A total of 14 women reported with syphilis during prenatal care and nine sexual partners were interviewed. The thematic content analysis and the idea association tree were used to analyze and reveal the results. Results: Pregnant women prefer to communicate the diagnosis to their partner, but they say they need help from the professional for this moment. Among the partners there was no consensus about this strategy, as it generates conflicts for the couple. They therefore indicated other means of communication considered more appropriate. It was found that there is no ideal model of notification of sexual partner of pregnant woman with syphilis. Conclusion: According to the interviewees’ reports, we can conclude that the best way is the one that considers the relationship context and the singularities informed by the patients.


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Author Biographies

Ana Fátima Braga Rocha

Undergraduate Course in Nursing, Faculdade Terra Nordeste – Caucaia (CE), Brazil.

Maria Alix Leite Araújo

Undergraduate Course in Nursing and Post-Graduation in Collective Health, Universidade de Fortaleza – Fortaleza (CE), Brazil.

Valéria Lima de Barros

Undergraduate Nursing Course, Universidade Federal do Piauí – Picos (PI), Brazil.

Ana Karinne Dantas de Oliveira

Universidade de Fortaleza – Fortaleza (CE), Brazil.




How to Cite

Rocha AFB, Araújo MAL, Barros VL de, Oliveira AKD de. Syphilis in pregnant women: implications of diagnosis revelation and partner notification strategies. DST [Internet]. 2019 Sep. 16 [cited 2024 Jun. 16];31(3):102-6. Available from:



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