Factors Associated With Repeat Syphilis Testing at a Large Urban LGBT Health Clinic: Chicago, IL 2002-2008
July 25, 2011
At six and 12 months after diagnosis with early syphilis, CDC recommends clinical and serologic re-evaluation to determine treatment efficacy.
From January 2002 to December 2008, the clinic performed 5,788 syphilis tests. A total of 256 (4.4 percent) early syphilis cases were detected among 225 men. Of the 225 men, 134 (59.6 percent) received timely follow-up. Following implementation of electronic medical records and enhanced disease intervention specialist (DIS) follow-up, timely follow-up rose from 53 percent to 76 percent, while rescreening increased from 64 percent to 81 percent. Timely follow-up was more likely for HIV-positive men (adjusted relative risk=1.93; 95 percent confidence interval 1.31-2.85) and for patients diagnosed in 2007-08 (ARR=1.28; 95 percent CI: 1.04-1.57).
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
03.2011; Vol. 38; No. 3: P. 205-209; Anna L. Hotton; Beau Gratzer; Daniel Pohl; Supriya D. Mehta
This article was provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. Visit the CDC's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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