May 31, 2014
WHAT ARE THE MAIN CAUSES OF VDRL POSITIVE RESULT. I WANT TO KNOW EXACT CAUSES LIKE PERCENTAGE OF DIFFERENT CAUSES LIKE DUE TO SEX HOW MUCH PERCENTAGE YOU PREFFER
Response from Dr. Hightow-Weidman
Hello there The VDRL test is a screening test for syphilis. It measures substances, called antibodies, that your body may produce if you have come in contact with the bacteria that causes syphilis. A positive test result may mean you have syphilis. If the test is positive, the next step is to confirm the results with an FTA-ABS test, which is a more specific syphilis test.
The VDRL test's ability to detect syphilis depends on the stage of the disease. The test's sensitivity to detect syphilis nears 100% during the middle stages; it is less sensitive during the earlier and later stages.
Some conditions may cause a false positive test, including:
HIV Lyme disease Certain types of pneumonia Malaria Systemic lupus erythematosus
Take care, LHW
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