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What is the process to book a VDRL Blood Test in Chennai?
What is the VDRL test used For?
VDRL test is used to check for the presence of syphilis. Treponema pallidum is the organism that causes syphilis. If you have signs and symptoms of a sexually transmitted illness, your doctor may recommend this test (STI).
What is Syphilis?
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that causes a sexually transmitted disease. Contact with an infected individual can transfer the virus by oral, vaginal, or anal routes. Direct touch with syphilis sore can also spread it. Treponema pallidum is the organism that causes syphilis. Primary syphilis, secondary syphilis, and tertiary syphilis are the three phases of syphilis.
What is the purpose of the VDRL test?
The purpose of this test is to detect syphilis antibodies in the body. This aids in the detection of syphilis infection. This test is performed if you are at risk of contracting syphilis, such as if you have a sexual partner who has the disease, if you have other STDs such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia, or HIV infection, if you have many sexual contacts, if you are pregnant, and so on. This test may be indicated if you have symptoms such as a sore (chancre) in the vaginal region or on the throat, an itchless reddish-brown rash on the palms and soles of your feet, fever, swollen lymph glands, bodily pains, and a sore throat.
VDRL test procedure?
The VDRL test checks for Syphilis in your blood.
- The VDRL test does not require an overnight fast.
- During the blood test, a phlebotomist will insert a needle into your vein to collect blood. Your blood sample will be collected in a vial or test tube and sent to the lab for further analysis. Like any blood test, you may feel a sting when the needle is injected into your arm, but the pain goes away immediately.
- A certified Lab Technician (LT) will analyze your blood sample using state of the art technology.
- Your blood report will be updated on the MFine app within the next 48 hours after blood sample collection.
How to prepare for the VDRL test?
|Before test||During test|
|It is not mandatory to fast for 8-10 hours before the test.||There might be slight pain and bruising on the arm from where the blood is collected. However, these symptoms will go away quickly|
Things to do after the VDRL test?
- Don’t use a bandage or tape to conceal the area.
- Take care not to scratch or rub it.
- Use a cool cloth on the irritated spot if it itches.
- You can wash and dry your arm gently.
When is VDRL Test Done?
If a person exhibits signs and symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection, a test is conducted. It’s a simple test that’s done during pregnancy to see if you’re at risk of contracting syphilis.
The following are examples of possible symptoms:
- A minor sore that causes no discomfort.
- Swelling of the lymph nodes in the region of the sore
- A rash on the skin that does not itch.
What happens if a VDRL test results in a positive result?
If you have a positive test result, you may have syphilis. If the test is positive, an FTA-ABS test, which is a more specific syphilis test, should be used to confirm the results. The ability of the VDRL test to identify syphilis is dependent on the disease’s stage.
How long does it take to get the VDRL test results?
Once the test samples are collected, it is sent to the lab of your choice for further testing. After the testing is completed, the VDRL test results will be available on the app for download within the next 24-48 hours.
Is the VDRL test a definitive test?
VDRL is not a definitive test but an indicative test.
What are the risks of VDRL test?
Blood draws may result in:
- discomfort or soreness in the area of the injection
- rapid bruising or bleeding following the operation
How to read the test reports?
The reference range may differ depending on your gender, age, medical history, and current condition, among other factors.
If your VDRL test results are negative, it could mean that you are free of infection. Antibodies are not detectable for several weeks following bacterial contact. As a result, after a few weeks, repeat the test for confirmation.
If your test results come back positive, it’s possible that you have syphilis. HIV, pneumonia, TB, Lyme disease, malaria, systemic lupus erythematosus, IV drug usage, and other conditions might cause false-positive test findings.
If you receive unexpected test results, see your doctor right away. Depending on your situation, your doctor may suggest additional tests.
|MALE||All age groups||Antibodies are present in positive cases|
|FEMALE||All age groups||Antibodies are present in positive cases|
What affects the VDRL test results?
The ability of the VDRL test to identify syphilis is dependent on the disease’s stage. During the middle stages of the disease, the test’s sensitivity to detect syphilis approaches 100%; it is less sensitive during the early and later phases. A false-positive test can be caused by a variety of illnesses, including HIV/AIDS or it may be due to a person who produces antibodies that “fool” the syphilis test.
Why book a VDRL test in Chennai?
- The VDRL test helps determine VDRL the presence of syphilis. Treponema pallidum is the organism that causes syphilis. If you have signs and symptoms of a sexually transmitted illness, your doctor may recommend this test (STI).
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Frequently asked questions | FAQs
What are the risks of taking the VDRL test?
The risks of a VRL test is minor. There could be minor issues such as bruising or bleeding following the blood draw. A serious problem, such as a vein infection or inflammation, is rare after a blood draw.
Which bacteria causes Syphilis?
The Treponema pallidum (T. pallidum) bacteria causes syphilis infections.
Does the VDRL test diagnose VDRL easily?
Doctors cannot diagnose syphilis infections based on positive VDRL results alone. They need to confirm the infection with a treponemal test, which is specific to syphilis.
What are the common side effects of the VDRL test?
VDRL test can cause minor side effects, such as headaches, bruising, and soreness near the injection site.
What does a negative VDRL mean?
Negative test results mean that the blood does not contain any antibodies to syphilis.
What are the symptoms of Syphilis?
Negative test results typically mean that the blood does not contain any antibodies to syphilis.
How can we treat Syphilis?
Detecting syphilis in the early stages can lead to better, more effective treatment outcomes.
Does having Syphilis mean I have HIV?
HIV infection rates among people with syphilis are significantly higher.
Should I be tested for syphilis?
You are required to get yourself tested if you do any one of the following:
- have had condomless sex with someone who might have had syphilis
- are a sex worker
- have had condomless sex with multiple people
- are a man who has sex with men.