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State of the art syphilis diagnostics: rapid point-of-care tests.

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      Syphilis remains an important and entirely preventable cause of stillbirth and neonatal mortality. More than 1 million women with active syphilis become pregnant each year. Without treatment, 25% of them will deliver a stillborn baby, 33% will deliver a live low-birth weight baby with an increased chance of dying in the first month of life. Adverse pregnancy outcomes due to syphilis can be prevented by screening pregnant women, and treating those who test positive with a single dose of penicillin before 28 weeks gestation. Until recently access to screening in low- and middle-income countries has been limited, since screening tests have been laboratory based, requiring equipment, electricity and trained laboratory staff. Now a number of rapid, cheap, simple and accurate screening tests are available and can give a result in 15-20 min, enabling those who require treatment to be treated at their first visit.

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      [1 ] St Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, W2 1NY, London, UK.
      Journal
      Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther
      Expert review of anti-infective therapy
      Informa UK Limited
      1744-8336
      1478-7210
      Jan 2014
      : 12
      : 1
      24308715 10.1586/14787210.2014.860356

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