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Can rpr blood test be able to detect if you have syphilis years ago?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Depends: Rpr tends to decrease in value following successful treatment of syphilis, though it can remain positive for a long time. An other test, specific for treponemal antibodies, generally stays positive.
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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Yes unless...: Tested individual were adequately treated. Some treated patient continues to have a low titer and tests positive though.
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Last updated Jun 24, 2012

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