Rapid point-of-care diagnostic test for syphilis in high-risk populations, Manaus, Brazil

Emerg Infect Dis. 2009 Apr;15(4):647-9. doi: 10.3201/eid1504.081293.


We assessed the acceptability and operational suitability of a rapid point-of-care syphilis test and identified barriers to testing among high-risk groups and healthcare professionals in a sexually transmitted infections clinic in Manaus, Brazil. Use of this test could considerably alleviate the impact of syphilis in hard-to-reach populations in the Amazon region of Brazil.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities
  • Brazil
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Work
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Syphilis / diagnosis*
  • Syphilis Serodiagnosis / methods*
  • Time Factors