Rapid Syphilis Testing


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Horizon Scan
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Health Technology Update
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This Horizon Scan summarizes available information regarding rapid point-of-care testing for the detection of Treponema pallidum, the bacteria that causes syphilis. Rapid point-of-care testing to screen people for a possible case of syphilis can allow health care providers to screen people where they are, rather than relying on access to traditional health care settings, and they appear to have adequate sensitivity and specificity. At the time of writing, no rapid point-of-care test is licensed for use in Canada.