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3 months pregnant. Tested positive for TPHA. What is it?

Good morning , Doctor I am pregnant for 3month and I have already concern regarding of my baby, but my mind bothering to much for the result of my blood regarding positive of TPHA , could you please explain to me of what is this? And if this positive TPHA could affect my baby ...? Please advice me as soon . Thanks and god bless to you all.
Asked On : Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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TPHA is the specific test for detecting syphilis-the Treponema Pallidum Haemagglutination Assay. This is done if two VDRL tests are reported positive. A positive test means you are infected. The possible complications of untreated syphilis in pregnancy are abortions,premature labor, intra-uterine growth retardation and preterm labor along with early neonatal deaths. Treatment is with penicillin. You should see a specialist as soon a s possible and get treated to avoid pregnancy complications. Your partner may also need to be assessed and treated if needed. Wish you good health.
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