A Study to Screen HIV and Syphilis Screening Using Dried Blood Spot Testing


About this study

The purpose of this study to determine if patient self-collected DBS from finger-stick blood for HIV and syphilis serologic testing offer similar results to laboratory-collected plasma or serum specimens.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who are > 18 years of age.
  • Patients who are either known to be HIV seropositive or have a positive syphilis serology or who require HIV or syphilis serologic testing as part of their routine care.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unable due to cognitive or physical limitations to understand dried blood spot collection instructions or to safely perform finger-stick for DBS self-collection.
  • Patients who are unable to give informed consent.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Mary Kasten, M.D.

Open for enrollment

Contact information:

Kathryn Cook CCRP

(507) 422-5154


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