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Doctor insights on: Blood Screened Syphilis

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Syphilis (Definition)

A sexually transmitted disease involving a ...Read more


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Will STDs be detected in urinalysis, syphilis serology tests?

Will STDs be detected in urinalysis, syphilis serology tests?

Depends.: In an normal urinalysis they do not test for stds. But you can use the same urine sample to test for chlamydia or gonorrhea. When they take blood for the syphilis test, the can also test for HIV and hep c, but not for chlamydia or gonorrhea. In summary, to have a "full std panel", you need to give both blood and urine. ...Read more

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Can leukemia be detected through annual blood test?

Can leukemia be detected through annual blood test?

Likely: Leukemia can usually be detected by examination of blood, however whether annual blood tests are likely to provide early diagnosis is not known. Some leukemias will require examination of bone marrow for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can blood transfusions still transmit stds?

Can blood transfusions still transmit stds?

Very rarely: Your risks are one in a couple million for hiv, htlv, and hepatitis c. About one in 250, 00 for hepatitis b. ...Read more

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Why is the blood supply screened for syphilis when syphilis is not transmitted via infected blood?

Why is the blood supply screened for syphilis when syphilis is not transmitted via infected blood?

Blood can transmit: Blood contact very rarely can transmit syphilis. It probably requires much more blood than possible during sexual exposure, shared needles, etc, but transfusion can do it, especially with non-refrigerated blood products. It's extremely rare and even without testing, probably there would be few if any cases, at least in the US. OTOH, testing is easy, cheap, and ingrained by history and habit. ...Read more

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Could diabetes be detected in an HIV blood test?

Could diabetes be detected in an HIV blood test?

No.: Unless you had your blood drawn at the same time for these two very different tests, an HIV test cannot tell if you have diabetes. You don't know what is done with your blood after it is drawn, though, and your blood might also have been tested for sugar, which is high in diabetes mellitus. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you detect spirochete infections(leptospirosis, borreliosis, syphilis) via blood culture tests? If not, why?

Can you detect spirochete infections(leptospirosis, borreliosis, syphilis) via blood culture tests?  If not, why?

Spirochaetes: These organisms are exceptionally difficult, if not impossible, to grow in artificial media. They can be diagnosed by special stains, serologically by antibody formation, and in some instances by detection of antigens by nuclear protein detection. ...Read more

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Which blood tests detect viruses/infectious diseases?

Which blood tests detect viruses/infectious diseases?

CulturesTcellsAntibo: 1 Bacterial,Viral and Fungi Cultures 2Antibodies and quantitative Titers,IGG&IGM 3 T Helper Cells Count as is done in AIDS Cases 4 Blood Smear for Parasites like in Malaria 5 Viral Load Test by PCR 6 Antigen as in the case of Hepatitis B.Hep B Surface Antigen is used for screening of Hepatitis B 7 Interferon-Gamma release assay test for TB Infection which measures the immune responce to the TB Inf ...Read more

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What is a tpha quantitative blood test? Can this test detect latent stage syphilis?

What is a tpha quantitative blood test? Can this test detect latent stage syphilis?

Yes it can: The TPHA test (Treponema pallidum hemagglutination) is a confirmatory test for syphilis. Usually it is done only after a positive screening test, such as the VDRL, RPR, or an EIA test. If you have had negative results on one of these plus the TPHA, you can be 100% certain you don't have syphilis and probably never did. ...Read more

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Is blood test for syphilis and herpes are accurate.

Yes: There is more than one test type for syphilis and both need to be done for accurate results. Herpes can generally be diagnosed with a single test. It may need to be repeated if the infection is too recent. ...Read more

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Could HIV spread by unsafe blood draw?

Could HIV spread by unsafe blood draw?

In clinical settings: Single use, disposable sterile needles are used. This does not create a risk for the tranmission of HIV to the person who is having their blood drawn. ...Read more

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Can HIV be detected during a routine blood test?

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Can HIV be detected during a routine blood test?

No: Hiv requires a specific test to be drawn, called the HIV elisa. Ask for it directly if you are concerned. ...Read more

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Do all blood banks notify donors if their blood tests positive for a disease?

Do all blood banks notify donors if their blood tests positive for a disease?

They should.: Donors are usually notified if the blood they gave is positive for a disease, like hepatitis b surface antigen, antibody to hepatitis c, antibody to hiv, usually subtypes 1 and 2, and serologic test for syphilis as recommended by the world health organization. Blood is also tested for diseases, like stds. Donated blood that is positive is discarded unless it is autologous as that is given back. ...Read more

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Can HIV diagnose through general blood tests?

HIV specific tests: It is not clear what you mean by general blood tests. A doctor needs to order a test for HIV specifically. Tests on blood, urine, and oral fluid can be used to test for HIV. ...Read more

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What STDs are generally tested through a blood test ?

What STDs are generally tested through a blood test ?

HIV, HSV, syphilis: You don't have a diagnostic rash with HIV and a blood test is necessary for diagnosis. Herpes, or HSV you will have classic rash in the genital area with primary infection, and a blood test can confirm that. Also the RPR test is used for diagnosis of syphilis if not having classic chancres ...Read more