Spirochete Request For Training

What to know

The CDC offers T. pallidum spirochetes in aliquots of 0.5 ml – 1.0 ml for training on the use of dark field microscopy. This is offered specifically to public health laboratories and institutions within the United States for training purposes only.


  • The requestor agrees to follow all necessary safety precautions involved with the handling of live spirochete organisms including but not limited to the use of adequate personal protection equipment
  • The requestor acknowledges the spirochetes will be used only for the intended purpose of laboratory training for dark field microscopy. Vials are provided as 0.5 ml – 1.0 ml aliquots with ≥5 – 10 organisms per coverslip
  • The requestor acknowledges that spirochetes will only be shipped to domestic addresses
  • Requests for spirochetes must be submitted at least 14 business days in advance of expected shipment

Email Requests

Please contact Dr. Allan Pillay at 404-639-2140 or stdlaboratoryspecim@cdc.gov. to request live cryopreserved spirochetes.

All of the following information must be included in your email in order for a request to be considered.

Requestor information:






Institution Type:

  1. US Public Health Institution
  2. Academic
  3. Government

Number of vials needed:

Purpose or intended use:

Institution Fedex Account:

Date needed: