Syphilis Information for Health Care Professionals, Clinicians - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Syphilis Information for Health Care Professionals

Information specific to health care providers regarding guidelines, treatment, testing, and reporting.

Case definition

Aid to diagnosis

  • Syphilis: Aid to Diagnosis
    These images are intended to help health care professionals identify and diagnose syphilis. We do not suggest proceeding unless you are a health care professional who needs to see such images.

Treatment guidance

    • STD Treatment Guidelines: CDC
      Guidelines for treatment of persons who have or are at risk for sexually transmitted diseases.
      • The STD Treatment Guidelines are also available as a mobile app for download on both Apple and Android. Check out your device’s app store for more information.
    • Syphilis Testing and Treatment Protocol (PDF)
      Sample protocol to aid in diagnosing and caring for patients with syphilis.

Working with specific populations


Training materials

  • Self Study Syphilis Modules: CDC
    Web-based training designed to guide clinicians in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of syphilis. Continuing education credits available.

  • Ready to Use Syphilis Curriculum: CDC
    Comprehensive curricular materials for Clinical Educators that can be downloaded for classroom use. Each module contains a slide presentation, an instructor's guide, a case study, and test questions.

Additional resources

  • Refugee Health Exam
    MDH recommendations regarding examination and STD screenings completed in the state of a refugee's initial arrival in the United States

  • Reducing Syphilis Rates: A Health Care Provider's Role
    This CDC video walks health care providers through the three key actions that they can take to help reverse the rising syphilis rates: Talk, Test, and Treat.

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Updated Tuesday, 29-Aug-2017 08:36:22 CDT