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Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Last Reviewed: June 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening nonpregnant women and adolescents for syphilis infection if they’re at an increased risk for getting syphilis, even if they don’t have symptoms. USPSTF found that treating syphilis with antibiotics can cure syphilis infections before they progress and cause lasting damage. Treatment also prevents people who have syphilis from passing it to other people.

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2016). Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Screening. Retrieved from https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/recommendation/syphilis-infection-in-nonpregnant-adults-and-adolescents