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Volume 15, Number 4—April 2009
THEME ISSUE
The Amazon Region

Dispatches

Rapid Point-of-Care Diagnostic Test for Syphilis in High-Risk Populations, Manaus, Brazil

Meritxell SabidóComments to Author , Adele S. Benzaken, Ệnio José de Andrade Rodrigues, and Philippe Mayaud
Author affiliations: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (M. Sabidó); Fundação Alfredo da Matta, Manaus, Brazil (A.S. Benzaken, E.J. de Andrade Rodrigues); London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK (P. Mayaud)

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Responses to selected questions on a questionnaire administered to 60 patients undergoing POC syphilis testing in an STI clinic, Manaus, Brazil, 2006*

Questions No. (%) responses
Were you satisfied with services received?†
5 out of 5 factors 56 (93)
4 out of 4 factors
4 (7)
Would you recommend the syphilis rapid test to friends?
Yes 57 (95)
No
2 (5)
How would you rate the information received from clinical staff?
Satisfactory 36 (60)
Difficult to understand 8 (13)
Did not receive information
16 (27)
How much do you know about syphilis?‡
Could identify STI 12 (20)
Could explain some or all of its symptoms 12 (20)
Could explain some of its complications
5 (8)
Do you know how syphilis is transmitted?‡
Unprotected sex 12 (20)
Sex regardless of condom use 19 (32)
Mother to child 6 (10)
Contaminated blood 13 (22)
Kissing 6 (10)
Sitting in the same place 3 (5)
Skin lesions
2 (3)
Do you know whether syphilis can be cured?‡
Yes 53 (89)
No/don’t know 6 (11)

*POC, point of care; STI, sexually transmitted infection.
†Measured on a scale from 0 (totally unsatisfactory) to 5 (totally satisfactory).
‡Open questions.

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