Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    False Positive for Syphyllis
    An_248277 posted:
    Hi, recently I had blood tests done at my gyno and when they came back I had the initial positive for syphyllis. They then said they did a second test that indicated that I did not have this, just the anti body. They didn't seem concerned so I didn't as but I was curious how this could happen and came across info that said this was a common symptom/ indicator/ whatever for Lupus. As a young teen I had several symptoms of Lupus (raynauds, chronic low grade fever, as well as back, neck, hip and jaw pain and issues). I have always, expecially recently, struggled with extreme fatigue as well as depression. I know no one can just say "ah, you have lupus" but I was wondering if the positive antibody thing happened to anyone else who has been diagnosed (or ruled out) and any tips out there.
    Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Anon -

    While waiting for others to respond I wanted to pop in and share a discussion and resource I found -

    Lupus Fact of the Day - 11 Criteria for Diagnosing Lupus
    Criteria for Diagnosing Lupus

    Are you scheduled to follow-up with your primary care doctor?


    With Lupus

    WebMD's Day2Night will help you develop personal coping strategies for living with lupus – at home,
    at work, or with family
    and friends.
    Visit Lupus Day2Night

    Helpful Tips

    There is a big connection between stress and lupus. Although it doesn't actually cause lupus, it certainly exacerbates it. An article from ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    19 of 19 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.