The Necessity of VDRL Test on Marriage Counseling

Document Type : Original Article



Syphilis, a chronic systemic infection caused by Treponema pallidum, is usually sexually transmitted and is characterized by episodes of active disease interrupted by periods of latency. VDRL is the commonest test used for screening Syphilis. One of groups for screening syphilis in Iran is men at the time of marriage. With regards to the social position and the financial payments for this assessment, we investigated the necessity of this test in Yazd.
Method: In this retrospective- descriptive study from 10725 men for first marriage, 15 women and 15 men for second marriages were referred to the medical health center of Yazd from 2003 to 2005 with positive VDRL test and investigated.
Results: The incidence of the positive test for men at the time of first marriages was 0.00%.
Conclusion: This percentage is fewer than that reported by Dr. Tara in Mashhad and Dr. Sharify Mod in Sistan and Baluchestan. Anyway, more assessment in other parts of Iran is recommended, and we invite our readers to pay attention to the recommendation of the authors.