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  • Venereal Disease Research Laboratory test


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  • The VDRL and RPR are fast, inexpensive, and easy, but they can show a “false positive,” indicating syphilis where none exists.

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  • The ITU had however ascertained that 28 of the recruits had criminal records, three were wanted fugitives from justice for attempted murder, conspiracy to murder and bribery, and 14 were carriers of contagious diseases, including Hepatitis B and VDRL.

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  • Today, when so few patients have CNS syphilis, most patients admitted to a psychiatric unit do not need to have blood drawn for a VDRL.

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  • One of the anachronisms of psychiatry is the automatic ordering of a Venereal Disease Research Laboratory VDRL test for central nervous system syphilis.

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  • In 25 years of caring for and teaching about seriously ill psychiatric patients, I have seen only three cases of psychosis secondary to CNS syphilis; in all three, the diagnosis was made prior to obtaining the results of a VDRL.

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  • The standard syphilis tests, usually either the Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) or Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL), followed by a more specific treponemal confirmatory (EIA) assay, keep the patient waiting two weeks for results.


  • (A) The Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) test is highly specific and remains positive for life even if the patient is treated with antibiotics.

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  • "Additional evaluation should include routine tests pertinent to the prevention of OIs (opportunistic infections), if not already performed (RPR or VDRL, tuberculin skin test, toxoplasma IgG serology, and gynecologic exam with Pap smear), and other tests as clinically indicated (e.g., chest X-ray, hepatitis C virus (HCV) serology, ophthalmologic exam).

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  • (RPR / VDRL); 32. 2\% to 73. 3\% syphilis confirmatory testing, 31. 1\% to 81. 1\% Trichomonas wet mount, 74. 4\% to 97. 8\% Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg), and 73. 3\% to 86. 7\% acid fast bacilli (AFB) smear (p This study demonstrates that a considerable number of private laboratories in Chennai currently have the infrastructure to provide comprehensive STD and HIV testing services with a high volume of clients.

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