Intended for healthcare professionals

Corrections

Syphilis

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l4746 (Published 19 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4746

In this Clinical update by O’Byrne and MacPherson (BMJ 2019;365:l4159, doi:10.1136/bmj.l4159) the second summary point of the “What you need to know” box wrongly stated: “Have a low index of suspicion for syphilis in any sexually active patient with genital lesions or rashes.” It should have recommended a “high index of suspicion” (or a “low threshold” for diagnosis). In other words, syphilis should always be ruled out in such cases, with a consideration for empirical treatment at the initial point of care. The summary point has now been corrected.

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