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43 w/Emphysema - TTC from 2005 - 2013. 2 miscarriages in 2008. Good things do not come to those who wait.
Hi, I'm a medical student...you really should not worry, nothing is wrong. As your doctor said, the RPR test (1st syphilis screen) is not specific for syphilis infection i.e. it tests for a certain substance in your blood that can be elevated in many conditions...the ones you named plus believe it or not, pregnancy! That's why they always run the more specific test after a positive on the RPR. That test is specific for syphilis...so if it's positive, you have syphilis. Syphilis in most areas of the country is very rare, so if you test enough people for it with RPR test you are bound to get many false positives. But they test every pregnant woman because (and accept that they will get a certain number of false positives) syphilis can be so devastating to the fetus if an infection is not caught and treated early (very easily with penicillin). Hope that helps and puts your mind at rest...
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