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What To Do Baby Rpr Positive
Rapid plasma reagin (rpr) is a blood test that looks for non-specific antibodies that may indicate that the organism (treponema pallidum) that causes syphilis is present. The term "reagin" means that this test does not look for antibodies against the actual bacterium, but rather for antibodies against substances released by cells when they ...Read more
After a 8 year exposure and a 12 month exposure I just got tested for std rpr and hiv duo @ 1 3 6 12 mos and fta abs at 12 mos is it conclusive?
No syphilis or HIV: For sure you don't have HIV or syphilis, no worries. You have been seriously over tested. The HIV duo test is conclusive any time 4 weeks or more after exposure, and the RPR syphilis at any time 6 weeks or more. YOu didn't need an FTA-ABS test, and all HIV tests beyond for weeks were wasted money. You also should have urine or vaginal swab tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea. ...Read more
I have had multiple consultation about wife's false positive RPR (negative confirmatory by Chemiluminescence and the negative tests she too via RPR and eia 2 weeks later...6 weeks since our last sex. Is she and baby really ok? How do I move forward...
Consult her OBGYN: The best way to track your wife's health and the baby's too is to work closely w/ her OBGYN as the pregnancy proceeds. Inform the doctor of the syphillis issue concern and correction and plan together the best way to protect all of you. It's wonderful that you care and that can be a good indication that you'll all do well. Call the OBGYN ASAP for an appointment. Best! ...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
Asked yesterday but question was not really answered. Which comes positive first for syphilis RPR or cia?
CIA?: An appropriate syphilis test involves two stages: the RPR is done FIRST- if positive, a confirmatory test such as an "FTA-ABS' or an "EIA for TPA" must be done. The 2-stage test is more cost effective and decreases the number of 'false positive' results. Discuss this important question further with your ordering doctor. ...Read more
It can happen: Revised reply: disregard earlier one if you saw it. At first I misunderstood the question. The newer TP specific IgG/IgM tests (EIA etc) and RPR/VDRL have similar seroconversion times, typically 4-6 weeks. The IgG tests often are positive first, but exact frequency of this isn't yet known -- more study needed. Apologies again if any confusion from earlier reply. ...Read more
Syphilis testing: All syphilis is "bad": it is a very dangerous infection, even if causing no symptoms at this time. However, low positive results might indicate you were treated without knowing it, e.g. if you received certain antibiotics for other infections. Or it might be a false positive test, so confirmatory testing is needed. Discuss w/ your doctor, or best to see an STD or infectious diseases specialist. ...Read more
Maybe: But the fta or mhtp should be negative. ...Read more
Antibodies: Ok. Lets separate these first. The venereal disease research laboratory test or vdrl is a blood test for syphilis and was developed by the former venereal disease research laboratory. Rapid plasma reagin (rpr) refers to a type of test that looks for non-specific antibodies in the blood of the patient that may indicate that the organism (treponema pallidum) that causes syphilis is present. ...Read more
I don't think so: Demand a definitive test -- a fluorescent treponemal antibody, absorbed (FTA-ABS) or particle agglutination. ...Read more
Can psoriasis cause biological false positive syphilis (RPR)? can I have BFP syphilis and have nothing wrong with me and never get autoimmune disease?
I keep get biological false positive syphilis (through rpr) I don't have lupus. I do have psoriasis. Can I have BFP and never get autoimmune disease.
Yes: Plenty of folks have biologic false positives and are otherwise completely healthy. ...Read more
I am very curious by your question. It is difficult to have a false positive for syphilis so I would make sure that you are getting the right information and that a follow up test is scheduled. Latent syphilis can have deadly consequences so making sure you are un-infected is paramount.
You may be interested to know that syphilis can be contracted by skin to skin, saliva and blood and semen. ...Read more
Rapid plasma reagin (rpr) is a blood test that looks for non-specific antibodies that may indicate that the organism (treponema pallidum) that causes syphilis is present. The term "reagin" means that this test does not look for antibodies against the actual bacterium, but rather for antibodies against substances released by cells when they are damaged.
From "redbook". ...Read more
Would an RPR test be accurate after just about five years? Should I still be worried after a negative result?
RPR test: Might or might not. Was it + before? Did you have chancer? Did they swab it and see the little squiggly things in the pus? Do you know if your partner at the time was + or has developed the Syph? Has he she or it gone mad? Usually takes longer than 5 years. Trust you are wearing a condom (rubber) now. ...Read more