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False Negative Serologic Tests for Syphilis in HIV-Infected Patient

Purpose:

To evaluate an HIV-infected patient for syphilis despite negative serologic tests.

Specialty:

Clinical Laboratory
Nephrology, Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pedatrics, Genetics
Cardiology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Objective:

laboratory tests

ICD-10:

A51.5

Description:

A patient with advanced HIV disease may show negative or atypical reactions on serologic testing for syphilis. The diagnosis in these patients often requires having a high index of clinical suspicion and not being misled by the negative serologic tests.

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