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Rapid Syphilis Could Prevent Congenital Disease and Stillbirths in Haiti

DALY. This is similar to or better than the value for programs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV that have been studied in Africa.

'If immediate syphilis testing were provided as part of HIV-testing programs for all pregnant women in Haiti who currently have access to prenatal care, over 1,000 cases would be avoided each year, along with over 1,000 stillbirths and neonatal deaths, at a very reasonable additional cost of slightly more than half a million dollars,' says senior author Dr. Daniel W. Fitzgerald, assistant professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and assistant attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. 'This study provides a convincing case for adding rapid syphilis testing to current global campaigns aimed at reducing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.'


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