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Acurracy Of Syphillis Tests At 6 Weeks
Your question: Unfortunately 10 days is not usually enough time for a positive test. Four weeks is typical. ...Read more
I was diagnosed w/ syphillis & was treated. I had my partner tested it came back negative. I am getting symptoms again & test is pos. How can this be?
I have read on health tap that 6 weeks is good for a syphilis test, mine done at 39 days instead of 42....still valid?
Your question: If test is positive it is valid. If negative should be repeated in two weeks ...Read more
I have had 2 syphilis test done. 1 at 22 days and one at 6 weeks. Both non reactive. Should I test again or should I not worry anymore?
Stop worrying: 6 week negative test means UR free & clear. ...Read more
I have read on that 6 weeks after a possible exposure is good for a syphilis test, mine was done at 39 days instead of 42. Still valid? 3 days matter?
Here are some. ..: Generally speaking the number or values as quoted in the literature are so-called normal "range" to cover some 95% of cases and should be used as references of daily medical practice and living, not at 100% like machine. In practice, it's good idea to combine high vigilance and keen diligence to assess history, practice safe sex, and rouse professional alertness so to test timely - not rigidly. ...Read more
2-4 weeks: There is a window period during which time you might not test positive for syphilis but still be infected. This window period can vary by type of test -- and probably from person to person. The syphilis lesion (chancre) usually appears 1-3 weeks after exposure and the vdrl/rpr blood test usually is reactive 1-2 weeks after the lesion appears. ...Read more
Depends on timing, Sx: The answer depends on the timing of possible exposure to syphilis & any symptoms (Sx) that you may have. So, it's impossible to answer your question here. Use HealthTap Prime or talk to the doctor who ordered the test. CIA, or chemiluminescence assays, are REACTIVE when treponemal (bacteria that causes syphilis) antibodies detected. It can be Non-Reactive in early stages (false neg) despite Sx. GL ...Read more
Antibodies tested: The test is for antibodies, which need time to show up post exposure. Fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption (FTA-ABS) test. The FTA-ABS test checks for antibodies to the bacteria that cause syphilis and can be used to detect syphilis the first 3 to 4 weeks after exposure to syphilis bacteria. The test can be done on a sample of blood or spinal fluid. ...Read more
Needs evaluation: The basic test for syphilis is calked an rpr. It is very sensitive meaning a false positive is rare. If you know you have been exposed then get retested. The symptoms of syphilis vary widely and can often be confused for other disease. Because of this syphilis is known as the "great imitator." see your doctor to evaluate what other tests for other diagnosis should be considered. ...Read more
Blood test: Your doctor or health dept can order the appropriate blood tests. ...Read more
Probably not: There is no deal way to know, but the old unethical study at Tuskeegee suggests that if there are false negatives, they are very rare. ...Read more
Absolutely: If whoever tested you is on top of things, you've already been advised to have a more specific test. ...Read more
Sounds ok, until...: Until the next time one has sexual or other intimate contact with a person carrying syphilis. Of course, it is very hard to tell if the people you meet have syphilis... so live carefully... and see the doctor for routine check-ups according to the doctor's advised screening schedule. ...Read more
Syphilis testing: No. Absolutely not.Get a more detailed answer ›
What is risk to syphilis if doxacycline 100 mg 2 times for 14 days taken after sex without any test?
Syphylis: That is a therapy for syphylis but I don't understand if you are asking if you can develop syphylis after treating it even though you did not have it to begin with. ...Read more
I’ve had syphilis test at 3weeks 4 weeks and 41 days all negative am I good to move on from this nightmare?
8 months post possible exposure, results of VDRL and TPHA tests are non-reactive. Can these results be considered conclusive for not having Syphilis?
Yes, conclusive: These tests are conclusive any time 6 weeks or more after the last possible exposure. ...Read more
RPR: An RPR is a screening test for syphilis. It looks for antibodies present in the blood of people who may have the disease. A negative test is considered normal. A positive test may mean that you have syphilis. However, false positives can occur. If the screening test RPR is positive, the diagnosis is confirmed with more specific testing. ...Read more
Can syphillis stay dormant in your body and test results come up as negative for first few months of infection?
It can stay dormant.: For years but not really with negative blood tests. Blood tests will become positive soon after infection. ...Read more
How many days after a possible exposure to syphillis does it take to be tested accurately? If it's too early to test should I start on an antibiotic?
Here are some. ..: What you reported suggests you haven't suffered from any form of the clinical disease of syphilis. Your desire for being tested seems out of "fear" and the time of exposure is unclear. But the incubation period of syphilis is about 10-90 days so inexpensive indirect serologic test may be used in 6-12 weeks after suspected time of exposure; you're still safe in its early stage. More? Ask Doc. ...Read more
Yes, early infection: It takes a few weeks for the blood tests to become positive, so false neg is common soon after infection. Once infction is established and a few weeks have passed, false negatives are rare. And even in those rare circumstances, the infection usually is not active or likely to be damaging. If outwardly healthy, a neg blood test is virtually 100% assurance against active or transmissible syphilis. ...Read more
Your doctor: Your doctor can order a blood test and most hospital labs are capable for performing the test. A community health clinic may offer the service. ...Read more