Generally, this is a reliable indication that you acquired a syphilis infection sometime in the past.
The test cannot differentiate between an old infection, a current infection or indeed a previously adequately-treated syphilis infection.
Further blood tests are required to determine the answer to this. In addition, in some people a false positive syphilis result may occur.
This is where an individual has never had syphilis but the test is repeatedly and falsely positive. A false positive result is more likely to occur in individuals who are pregnant or who have an autoimmune condition such as Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Syphilis is an eminently treatable condition which, if left untreated, can have devastating consequences for health, particularly for pregnant women and their unborn child.
Diagnosing syphilis and identifying those who require treatment can be difficult and requires expert guidance.
It is therefore very important for you to obtain treatment from us or a local sexual health clinic. It is also very important to ensure that your sexual partners are offered screening for this potentially harmful infection.
You should be advised regarding which of your partners are at risk and needs to be screened.