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.
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