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Sex Transm Dis. 2006 Nov;33(11):670-4.

Inadequate syphilis screening among women with prenatal care in a community with a high syphilis incidence.

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  • 1Office of Epidemiology and Disease Control, Miami-Dade County Health Department, Miami, FL 33199, USA.



This study was designed to evaluate the extent to which pregnant women in a community with a high syphilis incidence were screened for syphilis according to standard recommendations of twice during prenatal care and at labor and delivery.


Labor and delivery records from 4 hospitals in Miami-Dade County, Florida, were abstracted to obtain maternal and prenatal care characteristics and syphilis screening practices.


Of the 1991 women, records indicated that 1655 (83%) were screened at least once during prenatal care, 220 (11%) were screened twice during prenatal care before delivery, and 184 (9%) were screened twice during prenatal care and at delivery. Attending a private clinic, having more than adequate prenatal care and having private insurance were associated with not being screened at least twice before delivery.


Few women were screened according to standard recommendations, and provider or institutional-related factors affected adequacy of screening.

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