Sexual and reproductive health

WHO information note on the use of dual HIV/Syphilis rapid diagnostic tests (RDT)


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Number of pages: 8
Publication date: 2017
Languages: English, French, Russian
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/17.01


This information note provides interim advice for countries using or planning to introduce dual HIV/syphilis rapid diagnostic test (RDT) in antenatal services and other testing sites pending forthcoming WHO programmatic guidance, including a WHO recommended testing strategy. This note also emphasizes the need to ensure the quality of HIV and syphilis testing using RDTs, as well as laboratory-based testing, to avoid false positive and false negative HIV and syphilis results.