How is Syphilis tested, is it a blood or urine test?
Syphilis is tested on a blood sample. Laboratory personnel draw a small blood sample during your visit to the test center and use this to complete the test.
What do I need to do to prepare for the test?
Syphilis tests don’t require any special preparation. No fasting is necessary for the blood draw.
How can one get tested for Syphilis?
Syphilis transmission occurs usually through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected person. If one suspects an infection with the bacteria, they can easily get tested. The most common test is the Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) blood test that detects the presence of antibodies in the blood. If the first test if positive, a confirmatory test is usually done on the same blood sample without additional cost.
Who should get tested for Syphilis?
Syphilis is usually asymptomatic with most patients exhibiting no symptoms of infection. If one has had unprotected sex with a partner whose STD status is unknown, they should get tested. Syphilis has a high likelihood to occur in people who have multiple sex partners and in men who have sex with men.
How soon can one tested after exposure?
One should get tested at least three to six weeks after possible exposure to Syphilis. Testing too early can give false-negative results as the antibodies will not be detected in the blood. If one tests negative, it is important to have a confirmatory test after six weeks.
What do the test results mean?
A positive Syphilis test indicates an infection, which if diagnosed in its early stages is easily treated with antibiotics. A negative result shows the absence of the infection. However, one may have tested too soon to be able to detect the bacteria and a re-test is required to confirm. If one tests positive, the infection is curable through the administration of antibiotics.