Cross-reactivity between Lyme and syphilis screening assays: Lyme disease does not cause false-positive syphilis screens

TitleCross-reactivity between Lyme and syphilis screening assays: Lyme disease does not cause false-positive syphilis screens
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsPatriquin G, LeBlanc J, Heinstein C, Roberts C, Lindsay R, Hatchette TF
JournalDiagn Microbiology Infect Dis
Volume84
Start Page184
Issue3
Date Published03/2016
KeywordsCross-reactivity; Lyme disease; Syphilis
Abstract

Increased rates of Lyme disease and syphilis in the same geographic area prompted an assessment of screening test cross-reactivity. This study supports the previously described cross-reactivity of Lyme screening among syphilis-positive sera and reports evidence against the possibility of false-positive syphilis screening tests resulting from previous Borrelia burgdorferi infection.

URLhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26707064
DOI10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2015.11.019