|false negative syphilis test
Feb 24, 2008
Dear Dr, is it harder to detect syphilis in a patient who has been HIV+ for 20 plus years and is very unwell. Also has type one diabetes and other med conditions.
Are there any syphilis tests that can guarantee a correct diagnosis in an AIDS patient who is immunodeficient.
If the patient does have syphilis, they would have contracted it more than twenty years ago.
I appreciate any information you can offer.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Syphilis EIA antibody tests, along with confirmatory treponemal antibody tests, can detect syphilis in someone with HIV infection for 20 years, even with immune deficiency.
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