Syphilis serology


Alternative names, keywords

Treponema pallidum

Samples required

Clotted blood (gold cap, 5 mL tube) or

EDTA blood (purple cap, 4 mL tube)

Smaller tubes are available for paediatric samples.

Test indications


Test information

  • EIA

RPR testing will be performed on reactive serology results. TPHA testing will be performed on all new reactive serology results.

For further syndromic information please see diagnostic virology for meningitis/encephalitis and genital ulcer.

For further information on syphilis serology in specific patient groups please see screen/immunity/follow-up service.

Reference range


Turnaround time

See virology and microbiological serology turnaround times.


Microbiology (Virology and Serology), ext.64627