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Infectious Diseases

False positive for syphilis

12/26/2001

Question:

Hello! I just recieved my blood test results in the mail the other day. It told me that I tested "false positive" for syphilis...can you give me any information that would help me to understand exactly what "false positive" means in this case? Thanks greatly!

Answer:

False positive tests for syphilis occur in about 2% of cases. They can occur due to a variety of conditions including auto-immune disorders(SLE),intravenous drug users, chronic liver disease or HIV infection.

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Response by:

Pamposh   Kaul, MD Pamposh Kaul, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati