Also known as: Venereal disease research laboratory; VDRL; Rapid plasma reagin; RPR; Fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption test; FTA-ABS; Treponemapallidum particle agglutination assay; TPPA; Microhemagglutination assay; MHA-TP; Darkfield microscopy
Formal name: Syphilis detection test
Related tests: Hepatitis C; HIV antibody test
Why should I do it?
To screen for or diagnose an infection with the bacterium Treponema pallidum, which causes the sexually transmitted disease (STD) syphilis
When should I do it?
If you have symptoms of a syphilis infection, if you have another STD, or are pregnant
What Kind of Sample is Needed?
A scraping from a chancre in the affected area, a blood sample from a vein in your arm, or cerebrospinal fluid taken via a spinal tap, depending on the test method Being used
Test Preparation Needed?