Comprehensive Syphilis Panel (RPR & TPA)
Comprehensive Syphilis Testing Panel (RPR & TPA)
The comprehensive syphilis panel test includes 2 types of Syphilis tests for a comprehensive screening.
This comprehensive syphilis testing includes:
- Syphilis RPR - A test to look for antibodies to Syphilis. It is non-specific so additional testing is typically recommended to confirm an infection. An RPR test may be able to detect Syphilis as early as 10 days after exposure but some people may take 6-12 weeks to be detectable.
- Syphilis TPA - A test for antibodies to the bacteria which causes Syphilis. It is highly sensitive but cannot distinguish between an active or past infection. A TPA test can typically detect syphilis by 3-4 weeks after exposure.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection spread through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area including during sexual contact. Initial infections are often characterized by the appearance of one or more round, painless sores around the infected area. Other symptoms can include a rash that often appears on the hands or feet, fever, swollen glands, sore throat, headaches, muscle aches, weight loss, and fatigue. It is common for Syphilis to go years without displaying any symptoms. If left untreated, Syphilis can damage the brain, nerves, eyes, liver, and bones.
Comprehensive syphilis testing is recommended for anyone who is sexually active at least once a year especially if they have experienced symptoms of Syphilis or have a partner who has tested positive. Pregnant women are typically tested for Syphilis due to the risk infection can pose to their infant.
For other STD testing options, please see our STD Test category.
Turnaround for the comprehensive syphilis panel is typically 2-3 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
An RPR test may be able to detect Syphilis as early as 10 days after exposure but some people may take 6-12 weeks to be detectable.
A TPA test can typically detect syphilis by 3-4 weeks after an exposure.Syphilis Overview