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Test gets almost 1 in 5 syphilis cases wrong

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

CDC says despite false positive results, test doesn’t miss those infected The Associated Press updated 2/10/2011 5:45:18 PM ET 2011-02-10T22:45:18 Share Print Font: +-ATLANTA — Hundreds of people may have been told they tested positive for syphilis when they didn’t actually have the disease, health officials say. A study of five U.S. labs shows about 18 percent of the positive results from a test method used since the 1980s were actually negative, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Experts previously thought the statistic was much lower — under 7...

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