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HIV and syphilis

Apr 14, 2008

Please advise can having syphilis cause an HIV test to show positive??

Response from Dr. Frascino


No, syphilis would not cause false-positive HIV tests. However the reverse can happen. In other words HIV infection can cause false-positive (as well as false-negative) serologic results when screening for T. pallidum, the organism that causes syphilis.

Dr. Bob

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