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Syphilis is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD). The Center for Disease Control reported over 74,000 new cases in the United States in 2015 and rates have increased since then. Syphilis is typically spread through sexual activity and if left untreated can cause serious health concerns. Fortunately, it can be treated with a course of antibiotics.
Increase your knowledge of the symptoms of Syphilis and what steps to take to enjoy a successful recovery.
Syphilis is a bacterial infection and a sexually transmitted disease with relatively minimal symptoms. It is caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum and is typically contracted during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It can create a syphilitic sore, or chancre, which can form on and around the vagina or penis, around the anus, inside the vagina or rectum, or around the mouth. Syphilis is spread mostly through the Syphilitic sore, which is one of the most common symptoms.
Syphilis symptoms might be subtle and go overlooked. Regular testing ensures that you are aware of your sexual health status, that the bacteria does not spread, and that you prevent unpleasant complications such as Syphilis.
Syphilis is no exception when it comes to self-diagnosis of STDs. Did you know that Syphilis symptoms can appear and disappear or never appear? This is a possible explanation for why Syphilis is so widespread. Because many people with Syphilis are unaware of their infection, they unknowingly spread it to all of their sexual partners.
Many people mistake Syphilis for a simple rash or an acne breakout since the symptoms are so minor. When sores appear around your genitals, it’s a good idea to have them examined and tested for Syphilis. A course of antibiotics prescribed by your doctor will efficiently cleanse your body of the infection.
It’s sometimes easier to categorize Syphilis symptoms by stage. As a result, we’ve broken everything down for you, as seen below.
Chancres, or round, painless sores, frequently appear during the primary stage and are one of the first signs people notice. Because the sores don’t normally erupt all at once, but rather one at a time, they’re easily mistaken for pimples or ingrown hairs. When the sores open, a moist fluid is exposed, which is highly contagious.
Chancres appear 3 to 6 weeks after exposure and are difficult to detect because they aren’t painful and often appear in unexpected areas. The vagina, penis, vulva, scrotum, anus, and around the mouth are all common places for them to develop. Chancres normally only stay for a few weeks before disappearing on their own.
Safe sex, expert treatment, regular testing, and knowledge of the symptoms of the primary stage of Syphilis can all assist to prevent infection, keep it under control, and ensure that treatment is effective.
During the secondary stage of Syphilis, a rash on the soles of the feet, palms of the hands, or other body areas is common. The rash is usually non-itchy and difficult to detect. It can span a number of years or only a few weeks at a time.
The development of flu-like symptoms is another common sign in the secondary stage. Swollen glands, headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, fever, and a sore throat are some of the symptoms. Hair loss and weight loss are other possible side effects. The infection is still present, even if the symptoms go away on their own.
Individuals who disregard the symptoms of Syphilis’ secondary stage are more likely to be exposed to the infection’s final stage.
Syphilis symptoms may only be overlooked for so long. The late stage may eventually take over, and you may begin to encounter major difficulties such as nervous system damage, mental disorders, malignancies, and cardiovascular issues. Syphilis can potentially kill you at this point.
It may be too late to test for Syphilis if you wait until it’s too late. Testing is quick and easy, and it could save your life and the lives of others you care about who are sick. If you think you might have Syphilis, be tested as soon as possible.
During the early stages of infection, testing for Syphilis is straightforward and highly recommended. Syphilis antibodies, which are protective proteins in your body that neutralize viruses and bacteria, can be examined once your blood sample is taken.
Antibodies in your blood show that your body has been fighting the illness aggressively. Patients who have positive test results will be provided treatment alternatives by their doctor.
Syphilis testing is simple, but treatment is just as simple, if not simpler. If you test positive for Syphilis, your doctor will most likely prescribe penicillin or some comparable medication. You’ll be ready to resume your everyday routines before you realize it.
It’s just as vital to talk about your Syphilis symptoms and infection as it is to get tested and treated. However, it is frequently considerably more difficult to experience. Talking about Syphilis with your partner can be nerve-wracking and unpleasant at first, but it’ll be worth it in the end. Tell your partner(s) what you’ve learned about Syphilis from your doctor and reassure them that treatment is available.
It is critical that you persuade them to have their blood checked. Even if your Syphilis symptoms have gone away, you should stop from additional vaginal, oral, and anal sexual activity, or abstain entirely, until you have completed treatment. Reinfection and other issues will be avoided as a result of this.
If you’re pregnant, or believe you might be, and you’re having Syphilis symptoms, you should get tested right away. Unless you specifically request it, routine checkups throughout your pregnancy will not screen for Syphilis.
Syphilis and your infant should not be a concern if diagnosed and treated early. If you do not seek treatment, however, your infant is at a high risk of contracting Syphilis. According to statistics, half of all moms who do not treat their Syphilis will pass it on to their children. This generally results in miscarriage, or major health hazards.If you’re pregnant or think you could be pregnant and think you’ve been exposed to Syphilis, get tested right away. If you are currently experiencing Syphilis symptoms, testing is very critical.
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The age, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and medical history all play a role in STD testing. If you’re at risk for one STD, you might be at risk for others as well, so you should get complete testing.
To ensure accuracy, all of our STD testing are conducted using urine and/or blood tests. We don’t use swabs or saliva tests.
Yes, a woman’s menstrual period should not prevent her from getting tested for STDs if she is at risk.
The majority of tests provide an electronic result within 48-72 Hours. HIV RNA and Trichomoniasis tests may take an extra day.
If you’re having a pee test, don’t urinate for at least an hour before the test to guarantee a large enough sample size. If you’re taking the wellness panel, you’ll also need to fast for 12 hours before the exam. You don’t need to do anything else to get ready for your STD test.
It’s hard to know which STDs you’ve had contact with; if you’re at risk for one, you’re at risk for all. Taking our 10-Test Panel is the best method to ensure that you are fully informed and aware of all potential STDs.
Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Hepatitis A, B, C, Genital herpes, Oral herpes, HIV 1 & 2, and Syphilis tests are available. We offer both individual and bundle testing. Find out more about STD Testing.
If you are slightly sexually active, we recommend being tested for STDs at least twice a year. More regular testing is recommended if you are sexually active, have several partners, or have previously tested positive for one or more STDs.
The visit takes about five minutes or less from the time you arrive. The visit consists of basic urine and/or blood collection and then you walk out.
Absolutely No. Our partner labs perform a variety of other diagnostic tests that need urine and/or blood samples too, so there is no way they will be aware of the STD Test.
There is no need to schedule an appointment. After you’ve placed your order, you can come to the lab at any time during business hours to collect your samples. If you’re short on time, phone the lab to schedule an appointment.
You can take the test as soon as you receive your Order Form (or confidential test code). The order form will be available through your online account and/or emailed to you.
It’s a blood test that can detect syphilis in as little as two weeks after exposure (compared to 4 weeks to 3 months with a standard RPR test)
It’s a blood test that can detect HIV in as little as 9-11 days after exposure (vs. 2-6 weeks with an HIV antigen/antibody test).
HIV: 2-6 weeks, Syphilis: 1-3 months, Herpes: 6-26 days, Chlamydia: 1-3 weeks, Gonorrhea: 2-3 days, Hepatitis B: 1-5 months, Hepatitis C: 2-6 months, Trichomonas: 5-28 days
If you are positive, we will provide you with a doctor consultation and a written prescription for a $95 fee. A written prescription for your partner is available for an additional fee of $95. We can even call your prescriptions into your pharmacy on your behalf.
Yes, being treated for an STD does not prevent you from contracting the infection again.
No, due to privacy concerns, our live chat representatives are unable to look up your results. However, you can contact our Medical Advisors to inquire about the status of your results.