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Combating the Surge in Syphilis Rates: Rapid Dual Infection Diagnosis and Implementation Strategies

Feb 09, 2024

Did you know that syphilis rates have been on the rise in recent years? The rising rates of syphilis and the dangers of HIV-syphilis co-infection are serious challenges that require our attention. With innovative technology and proper implementation strategies, we can make significant strides in combating these infections.

Syphilis can have serious consequences if left untreated, including damaging the brain, heart, and blood vessels. But, when syphilis and HIV team up, it can lead to more severe health problems, increased risk of transmission, and even higher mortality rates.

There’s now a way to diagnose both syphilis and HIV with just a single blood sample. This innovative new technology, allows healthcare professionals to identify the presence of both infections simultaneously, saving time, resources, and most importantly, lives. Rapid diagnosis means timely treatment, which greatly improves patient outcomes and reduces the risk of further transmission.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand why rapid point of care tests are important to addressing the syndemic of HIV, STI, Viral Hepatitis
  2. Gain an understanding of the Portland Public Health’s process for adopting and experiences with the DPP HIV/ Syphilis rapid point of care test including:

-Circumstances that prompted the adoption of the DPP HIV/ Syphilis test

-Budget/ funding/ grant process

-Adoption at the STD and SPUR programs

-Testing and treatment protocols

-Workflow best practices and implementation tips

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