Which tests are used to screen for syphilis in patients with newly diagnosed HIV infection?

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Nicholas John Bennett, MBBCh, PhD, MA(Cantab), FAAP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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For syphilis screening, rapid plasma reagent (RPR) testing can be used initially, but more specific testing should be used for follow-up, as RPR can yield false-positive results. Lumbar puncture is used to evaluate neurologic symptoms.


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