Cost-effectiveness of antenatal screening for syphilis

Health Care Women Int. 1995 Jul-Aug;16(4):323-8. doi: 10.1080/07399339509516185.


Routine obstetric screening for all prenatal checkups is an important issue. A study was conducted to ascertain the effectiveness of an antenatal screening program for syphilis. Charts of pregnant women for a 9-year period from 1982 to 1990 at the American University of Beirut were reviewed. Demographic data and the results of screening for syphilis were collected. In a total of 23,145 patients screened (with a biological false-positive rate of 0.3%), serological evidence of Treponema pallidum infection occurred in 0.27% of patients. The outcome in infants was satisfactory in all cases where appropriate antibiotic therapy was instituted antenatally. Thus antenatal screening for syphilis in our setting is a cost-effective program.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening / economics*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / blood*
  • Pregnancy Outcome
  • Prenatal Diagnosis / economics*
  • Syphilis / blood*