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August 2016

Syphilis Screening Recommendation in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Still Waters Run Deep

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of STD Prevention and HIV/AIDS Surveillance, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Jamaica Plain
  • 2Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Erie County Department of Health, Buffalo, New York
  • 4Department of Pediatrics, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, New York
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(8):733-735. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.1314

The 2016 US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation statement on screening for syphilis infection in nonpregnant adults and adolescents has been published,1 and the surface of the recommendation has not changed since 2004.2 Clinicians are advised to screen for syphilis infection in persons at increased risk for infection (A recommendation, high certainty that net benefit is substantial).

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