Kenya Medical Laboratory Tests

Syphilis - specific antibody test Test in Kenya

Brief Description

This test is used to determine presence of syphilis specific antibodies in blood for the diagnosis of syphilis infections


FTA-ABS blood test

Patient Preparation

No special preparation needed

Sample Type


Sample volume

1 mL

Sample collection Container

Red-top tube or gel-barrier tube

Sample collection instructions

Serum should be separated immediately after sample collection.

Sample storage

stable at room temperature/refrigerated/frozen for 14 days

Reference range


Results Turnaround

1-4 days after receipt of samples

Diseases / Diagnostic Indicators

A positive Syphilis - specific antibody test is usually associated with"," Small and painless sore around the genitals"," the mouth"," anus"," or rectum"," Fever"," Headache and muscle pains"," Sore throat"," Swollen glands"," Fatigue"," Weight loss"," Hair loss in patches