Table 1

Routine syphilis screening and serological status in the study setting. Results among 14 antenatal attendees who were RPR positive in the screening programme.

Screening programme

Study setting


Routine RPR result

Blood drawn gestational week

Treatment gestational week

Treatment prescribed

Gestational week

RPR result

TPHA


Reactive

20

24

Standard regimen*

34

1:32

Positive

Reactive

27

-

No treatment†

30

1:16

Positive

1:8

16

20

Standard regimen

32

1:16

Positive

1:16

23

25

Standard regimen twice

39

1:16

Positive

1:2

14

18

Standard regimen

39

1:8

Positive

Reactive

14

19

Single-dose penicillin

29

1:2

Positive

Reactive

20

24

Standard regimen

31

Non-reactive

Positive

1:2

19

-

No treatment

28

1:1

Negative

1:4

15

27

Standard regimen

38

Non-reactive

Negative

1:4

25

30

Standard regimen

36

Non-reactive

Negative

1:2

17

25

Single-dose penicillin

36

Non-reactive

Negative

1:2

14

19

Single-dose penicillin

40

Non-reactive

Negative

1:2

19

23

Standard regimen

33

Non-reactive

Negative

1:4

15

19

Standard regimen

38

Non-reactive

Missing


*Botswana guidelines for the management of RPR/VDRL positive cases (regardless of titre): Three injections with benzathine penicillin 2.4 million units at weekly intervals.

†The patient came for the third antenatal care visit.

Romoren and Rahman BMC International Health and Human Rights 2006 6:8   doi:10.1186/1472-698X-6-8

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