A RPR Syphilis test requires a blood sample and screens the sample for antibodies which fight the Syphilis bacteria antibodies, which are produced by those infected with Syphilis. However, these antibodies are similar to others which is why the RPR can give a false-positive.

A further test will be done to see whether or not the RPR was a false-positive, or if you really have Syphilis. If you're currently being treated for Syphilis, an RPR Syphilis test will keep tabs on how the treatment is working, checking for the levels of Syphilis antibodies in the blood.

Like all STD tests, RPR Syphilis tests are not 100% accurate, but this should not keep you from getting tested and re-tested; keep yourself and your partner(s) healthy!

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.