The (VDRL) RPR Qualitative – Serum test helps to screen or diagnose a sexually transmitted infection from the bacteria Treponema Pallidum. VDRL stands for Venereal Disease Research Laboratory and RPR stands for Rapid Plasma Reagin.
The (VDRL) RPR Qualitative – Serum test is done:
• In case of signs and symptoms of syphilis infection
• In case of risk to exposure to syphilis
• In case of another sexually transmitted disease or HIV infection
• In case one’s sexual partner gets diagnosed with syphilis
• In case of unsafe sexual practices
• In pregnancy
Frequently asked questions
How is the blood sample taken?
To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is asked to make a fist. This helps in the buildup of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. The needle is then inserted into the vein in the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
What is Syphilis?
Syphilis is an infection caused by the bacteria Treponema Pallidum. The most common cause of spread is sexual contact with an infected partner.
What are the stages of Syphilis?
There are three stages of syphilis that include Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Syphilis.
Why Syphilis test needs to be carried out in pregnant women?
The syphilis test needs to be carried out in pregnant women as if a pregnant woman is infected with syphilis, there are chances of having a low-weight infant, premature delivery, and stillbirth.
Can Syphilis infection recur even after treatment?
Yes, Syphilis infection can recur again if the person again gets exposed to the bacteria causing it.