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Q: What type of blood test do they use to test for Syphilis?

I'm half way through the process of getting my Z Visa and I just found out I have Syphilis. It was early stage so nothing serious. Got a big shot of penicillin and it's all gone. However I was reading online that there's two different blood test for Syphilis. One will test negative if you have been treated and cured of Syphilis, the other will test positive for the rest of you life because a small level of the Syphilis antibodies, that the test is looking for, will always remain in your system.

So my question is: does anyone know if the Chinese clinics use the VDRL/RPR test or the TPHA/TPPA/FT-ABS Test?

Also does anyone know if people are deported from China for testing positive on their first exam? I've read on blogs and stories from other people about being tested for it when renewing their permit: the doctors just treat them and retest and then if all is good they are able to renew. Is this the same case with someone who just arrived and is goingto apply ffor their residency permit for the first time?

Thank you for any help and answers you can provide.

5 years 44 weeks ago in  Health & Safety - China

 
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This is an old post but I have just gone through the process and have information to help future applicants in this situation: You have nothing to worry about. I just did the medical for the residency permit and was advised by the quarantine representative that as long you have declared your status the TPPA test will show the level of your titer as a 'previously treated infection'. He said they will call if the titer is elevated, which indicates a new infection, and at this point I will be treated but my residency permit would not be affected.  This also goes for those who have naturally cured Hepatitis B but still have a marker in their blood. This was done at the Shanghai travelers medical center in 2017. 

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You should specify location. This may differ from clinic to clinic and from province to province (although as far as I can tell from real life and tv soaps, all Chinese hospitals have the same patient beds, so maybe all is the same)

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I didn't know it stayed in your system for life. That's interesting. Anyone have any experience with this?

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Ohh Vicky.  do you want to get this one?surprise

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maybe there are some ways to avoid it. a bribe?

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In Hebei they do the test that tests for antibodies, but you still get the visa if you are antibody positive.

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This is an old post but I have just gone through the process and have information to help future applicants in this situation: You have nothing to worry about. I just did the medical for the residency permit and was advised by the quarantine representative that as long you have declared your status the TPPA test will show the level of your titer as a 'previously treated infection'. He said they will call if the titer is elevated, which indicates a new infection, and at this point I will be treated but my residency permit would not be affected.  This also goes for those who have naturally cured Hepatitis B but still have a marker in their blood. This was done at the Shanghai travelers medical center in 2017. 

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'Enzyme immunoassay (EIA) test. This blood test checks for syphilis antibodies. A positive EIA test should be confirmed with either the VDRL or RPR tests. Fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption (FTA-ABS) test ...' one MD told me.

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What was the result? Did you get the visa or not?

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