The influence of concomitant HIV infection on the serological diagnosis of primary syphilis in southern Africa.

@article{Ballard2007TheIO,
  title={The influence of concomitant HIV infection on the serological diagnosis of primary syphilis in southern Africa.},
  author={Ronald Campbell Ballard and Hendrik J. Koornhof and C y Chen and Frans M Radebe and H Glenda Fehler and Ye Minn Htun},
  journal={South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde},
  year={2007},
  volume={97 11 Pt 3},
  pages={1151-4}
}
The authors investigated the utility of both a nontreponemal (RPR) test and a treponemal (FTA-ABS) test for the diagnosis of primary syphilis during the emergence of the HIV epidemic in southern Africa. The serological tests were performed on 868 patients with genital ulcerations, seen in five centres. While primary syphilis was diagnosed by multiplex PCR in 163 cases (18.8%), the overall RPR and FTA-ABS seroprevalences were 24.3% and 51.5% respectively. The sensitivities of the RPR and FTA-ABS… CONTINUE READING

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