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How does a clinic do a syphilis test?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Syphilis is caused

By a bacterium called treponema pallidum. Syphilis can be diagnosed by finding non-specific antibodies in the blood (rapid plasma reagin or rpr), examining for bacteria in samples from open sores under a microscope (primary ; secondary syphilis) or in some cases examination of cerebropsinal fluid via lumbar puncture.

In brief: Syphilis is caused

By a bacterium called treponema pallidum. Syphilis can be diagnosed by finding non-specific antibodies in the blood (rapid plasma reagin or rpr), examining for bacteria in samples from open sores under a microscope (primary ; secondary syphilis) or in some cases examination of cerebropsinal fluid via lumbar puncture.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Susan Lurie
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Blood test

Syphilis is tested in the blood.
The test to check is RPR (rapid plasma reagin). Besides screening for syphilis, this test can be used to track the progress of the disease over time and its response to therapy.

In brief: Blood test

Syphilis is tested in the blood.
The test to check is RPR (rapid plasma reagin). Besides screening for syphilis, this test can be used to track the progress of the disease over time and its response to therapy.
Dr. Susan Lurie
Dr. Susan Lurie
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Dr. John Weeks
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Blood test

Screening for syphilis is usually done by an RPR blood test.
If you have sores on your genitals, rash on your palms or other symptoms see a doctor asap.

In brief: Blood test

Screening for syphilis is usually done by an RPR blood test.
If you have sores on your genitals, rash on your palms or other symptoms see a doctor asap.
Dr. John Weeks
Dr. John Weeks
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