The Purpose of the Treponema Pallidum Antibody Test
You probably know that syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that requires treatment to prevent serious health issues. But did you know that syphilis is caused by a bacteria called Treponema pallidum?
That’s why, when it comes to determining if you have syphilis, there are two main types of tests to choose from. A nontreponemal test screens for antibodies, or proteins, the body’s immune system produces in response to syphilis as well as other infections. A treponemal test, such as the FTA-ABS test, looks for the specific Treponema pallidum antibodies to help confirm a syphilis infection. If you want to be proactive about your sexual health, or you are experiencing symptoms associated with syphilis, you can order this test from Personalabs with the utmost privacy and convenience.
What Does the Blood Test for FTA-ABS Measure?
This test will detect antibodies that signal a syphilis infection.
Who Should Take a Treponema Pallidum AB Test?
With syphilis, early testing is always better because swift treatment of an infection is most effective (and often simpler, requiring just a penicillin dose). It also prevents you from spreading the infection during its earliest stages. Watch for symptoms that include:
- A small sore on the body that doesn’t hurt to touch
- Swollen glands in the neck, armpits, or groin
- White patches inside the mouth
- Unusual skin growths
- Fever, achy joints, fatigue, and other flu-like symptoms
Anyone who is sexually active with multiple partners should be tested regularly for STDs, including syphilis.
Treponema Pallidum Antibody Test Preparation
You don’t need to follow any specific instructions before taking the FTA-ABS test.
FTA-ABS Blood Test Results
A negative result means you don’t have syphilis. If you get a positive result, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. If the infection spreads, it raises the risk of permanent damage to organs such as the brain, liver, and heart, as well blood vessels, nerves, bones, and more.
Where Can I Get a Blood Test for FTA-ABS Near Me?
Personalabs offers you privacy and discretion when you order a Treponema pallidum AB test or any of our other STD tests. With a quick and streamlined ordering process and more than 4,000 lab locations across the country to choose from for testing, Personalabs gives you the power to make informed choices when it comes to your sexual well-being. Here’s how the process works:
Step 1: Shop our collection of more than 400 health tests, purchase the one you want, and download the lab order for your test. (Authorization from your doctor may not be needed, depending on the state where you live.)
Step 2: Find the Labcorp or Quest Diagnostics facility nearest you with the lab locator on our website and make your testing appointment.
Step 3: Bring the test order to the lab for your appointment and give your blood sample.
Step 4: Review your results, which usually arrive in your confidential Personalabs account within 2 to 10 business days after your lab visit. (For a specific turnaround time, contact us and we can reach out to your lab.)
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