Table 3

 The major features of the evaluated tests

TestDesignCassette mountedSpecimen utilisedTime to result (min)Extra supplies*Shelf life/storage temp
BloodPlasmaSerum
*In all cases, where additional equipment was required it consisted of handheld micropipettes and micropipette tips.
Determine SyphilisLateral flowNoYesYesYes5–20Yes24 months/2–30°C
Syphilis FastLatex agglutinationNot applicableNoNoYes8Yes18 months/reagents; 6 months after reconstitution
Espline TPLateral flowYesNoYesYes15Yes9 months/2–10°C
Syphicheck-WBLateral flowYesYesYesYes15No18 months/4–30°C
SD Bioline Syphilis 3.0Lateral flowYesYesYesYes5–20Yes18 months/room temp
Visitect SyphilisLateral flowYesYesYesYes15No24 months/4–30°C
Syphicheck-WB (new version)Lateral flowYesYesYesYes15No18 months/4–30°C
Bioline Syphilis 3.0 (new manufacturer)Lateral flowYesYesYesYes5–20NoUnknown/4–30°C
Syphilisonsite Rapid Screening TestLateral flowNoNoYesYes5–10NoUnknown/4–30°C