Syphilis Test

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Also known as: VDRL; RPR; FTA; TPHA
Formal name: Treponema pallidum

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen for syphilis infection

When to Get Tested?

If you have symptoms of a syphilis infection, if you have another STD, or are pregnant

Sample Required?

Usually a scraping from a chancre (ulcer or sore) in the affected area, a blood sample from a vein in your arm, or a spinal tap (lumbar puncture), depending on the test being used