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Screening for Syphilis Infection

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


This topic page summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for syphilis infection.


Current Recommendation

Release Date: July 2004

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 to http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf09/syphilis/syphpgrs.htm to view the new recommendation for pregnant women, published in May 2009.

Summary of Recommendations

  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) strongly recommends that clinicians screen persons at increased risk for syphilis infection.
    Grade: A Recommendation.
  • The USPSTF strongly recommends that clinicians screen all pregnant women for syphilis infection.
    Grade: A Recommendation.
  • The USPSTF recommends against routine screening of asymptomatic persons who are not at increased risk for syphilis infection.
    Grade: D Recommendation.

Supporting Documents

Recommendation Statement (PDF File, 200 KB; PDF Help)
Brief Update (PDF File, 217 KB; PDF Help)

Update in Progress

In an effort to make the USPSTF recommendations clearer and its processes more transparent, the Task Force is sharing drafts of many of its documents for public comment, including draft Research Plans and draft Recommendation Statements. As a result, the final Recommendation Statement is not yet available.

Supporting Documents

Research Plan

USPSTF members work with researchers from an independent Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) to create a Research Plan that guides the systematic review of the evidence. The Research Plan consists of an analytic framework, key questions, and a literature search strategy or research approach.

Research Plan Related Items
Final Research Plan
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Current as of September 2014


Internet Citation:

Screening for Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults, Topic Page. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspssyph.htm


 


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