False positive Syphilis tests can be confirmed by performing another test (called FTA) to confirm the diagnosis of the first test. Annually getting yourself tested is the first step to take in order to lead a healthy sexual lifestyle, whether you're at high or low risk, it is the right thing to do.

A false positive Syphilis test can occur due to there being similar antibodies as the type which defend against Syphilis. Those kinds of infections can be chickenpox, Lyme disease, or an autoimmune disease. There are however cases in which someone scores a false positive test for no identifiable reason.

If you test repeatedly with a false positive Syphilis test, then it is best to just do the FTA test, without the RPR screening beforehand.

Get tested for Syphilis

Syphilis is treated with antibiotics. Later stages of the illness could require more aggressive treatment, possibly in a hospital. Act immediately and get tested today!

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Mark Riegel, MD

Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes. Early stage syphilis is easily curable; Treatment is more difficult at later stages.

Type of Infection

Bacterial. Syphilis is caused by the bacterium ema pallidum.

How is it treated?

Antibiotics. A single injection of penicillin at early stage; Later stage treatment may require hospitilzation.

Recovery Time

Varies. Recovery from syphilis is not complete until all the sores are healed; Damage from the disease may be permanent.

Can I have sex?

No. Avoid sexual activity until the disease is fully cured.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. Sexual intercourse with an infected partner can lead to re-infection.