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If I had 29 years ago and was treated and it hasn't recurred

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If I had syphilis 29 years ago and was treated for it and it hasn't recurred in all that time, what is the chance that it will appear as active in a current STD test?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 7 months ago.


I refer you to a detailed article on the issues of syphilis from the CDC...

This article is very detailed and would cover your situation and more ...

The main screens for syphilis are the RPR test and VDRL test ...

These may remain positive after treatment for syphilis but after 29 years these tests may be negativecwith that length of time

It is certainly feasible to do added tests to distinguish any active infection from past ...

We have to keep in mind that the person treated in past MIGHT have had another exposure as one possible scenario...

The titers of screen tests would be expected to be low if positive at all after such a long time though ...

I hope that this information is helpful for you

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Anthony Bray MD

PS the article is a bit lengthy but is thorough ....I hope that you find this informative as to testing ...

Best regards!