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Syphilis Infection: Screening

Release Date: July 2004

This topic is in the process of being updated. Please go to the Update in Progress section to see the latest documents available.

Recommendation Summary

Summary of Recommendations

PopulationRecommendationGrade
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Persons at Increased Risk

The USPSTF strongly recommends that clinicians screen persons at increased risk for syphilis infection. 

The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is substantial.
Pregnant Women

The USPSTF strongly recommends that clinicians screen all pregnant women for syphilis infection.

The USPSTF recommends the service. There is high certainty that the net benefit is substantial.
Asymptomatic Persons, Not at Increased Risk

The USPSTF recommends against routine screening of asymptomatic persons who are not at increased risk for syphilis infection. ?

The USPSTF recommends against the service. There is moderate or high certainty that the service has no net benefit or that the harms outweigh the benefits

The information found here is current for persons at increased risk and asymptomatic persons not at increased risk for syphilis infection. This recommendation has been updated in part for pregnant women. Go here to view the new recommendation for pregnant women, published in May 2009.

Related Information for Health Professionals

There is no related information for health professionals.

Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

There is no Clinical Summary for this recommendation.

 
Current as of: September 2013

Internet Citation: Recommendation Summary. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2014.
http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Topic/recommendation-summary/syphilis-infection-screening

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