Syphilis - The Basics
Syphilis is caused by a bacterium called Treponema Pallidum. Syphilis is passed
through sexual contact or by sharing sex toys.
Syphilis - The Symptoms
Syphilis has three stages unless there is medical intervention to prevent the
The first symptom is a lesion called a chancre that appears as an infected sore
on the penis, vagina or around the mouth. This is called the primary stage and
the sore is highly infectious so the Syphilis can be passed very easily if
someone comes into contact with the chancre. The chancre will eventually
disappear after a few weeks.
A secondary phase of the infection will develop where you have a rash and
possibly a sore throat. During this secondary phase you are still infectious.
The next phase is the latent phase where you remain infectious for around one
year. After that you are no longer infectious but the Syphilis is doing
terrible damage to your body. Without intervention, the Syphilis will enter
the tertiary phase.
Syphilis can unleash systemic damage upon your body and you may experience
dementia, stroke or blindness. Syphilis can ultimately be fatal.
Syphilis - The Tests
If you have a lesion as described in the primary phase, then we can perform
a swab test for the bacterium that causes Syphilis. This test will also look
for herpes as herpes can also cause lesions.
We have a test where we can use a tiny sample of blood to look for the Syphilis
antibodies. The blood test will normally be able to detect Syphilis between
9 - 21 days after infection but it can take up to 90 days to appear so a retest
may be necessary after a negative result. You can combine your Syphilis test
with other tests such as Hepatitis and HIV. Our blood tests will be able to
distinguish between a new infection and an old infection.
Syphilis is very easy to treat but it is recommended that you have an
intramuscular injection so we do not provide treatment online.
How Our Service Works
- Order your
STI test online
- Discrete package
arrives next day
- Provide a sample and post in pre-paid envelope
- Access results online