Syphilis Serology Section
Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories
6700 SW Topeka Blvd, Bldg 740
Topeka, KS 66619-1401
Telephone Number: 785-296-1653
Serological testing for Syphilis is provided by the Serology section. Treatment for sexually transmitted diseases is essential to providing public health for the citizens of Kansas. Statute also requires all women to be tested in their first trimester of pregnancy. Testing aids in the identification of those individuals in need of treatment, including their contacts.
There are numerous approved laboratory procedures available for syphilis testing that are divided into two categories:
(1) Non-treponemal testing, used for screening:
(2) Treponemal testing, used to confirm screen-test positives:
The KDHE laboratory uses the RPR screening test and a FTA-ABS-DS test as the confirmatory test for syphilis.