Our physicians used a two-pronged approach to detect syphilis infection. In the first step, we make use of Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) syphilis test, which detects the presence of any antibodies that are specifically produced to fight syphilis infection. If the test turns out positive, then we conduct a Treponemal Pallidum Assay (TPA) test as part of the next step, to confirm the presence of the syphilis bacteria. Since the bacteria can lurk in the body without causing symptoms, it is easy to transmit the disease unknowingly to another partner.
FAQs About Syphilis Testing
Does syphilis testing use urine or blood?
Syphilis detection test makes use of a small blood sample to detect the infection.
Do I need to do anything in preparation for the test?
No. You need not engage in any type of preparation, such as fasting, or holding your urine for the test.
When should I get myself tested for syphilis?
Typically, it is recommended that you wait for about 3-6 weeks post-exposure before getting yourself tested for syphilis. After undergoing the treatment for syphilis, you should get yourself re-tested for syphilis in 3 months to confirm that the infection has been completely cured.
What can I expect out of the test results?
You can expect either a positive or a negative result. A positive result means that you carry the infection. A negative result, on the other hand, means that there were no traces of infection found in the body. However, it should be noted that a positive result is not valid until a secondary confirmation is obtained from a TPA test.
Is syphilis curable?
Yes, syphilis is curable. Suitable antibiotics can be used to completely cure syphilis. If your results come out positive, our physicians will always be available to discuss your test results over the phone. This consultation will be offered by us at completely free of cost.
Who should get tested for syphilis?
If you are sexually active, then you are at a risk of contracting syphilis, particularly if you had unprotected sex with your partner, and you are not sure about their STD status. Since the bacteria can stay dormant for many years without exhibiting any symptoms, it can be easily transmitted to other partners.
What is the best recommendation to me now?
If you have had unprotected sex with your partner, and if you are unsure about their sexual health, then it is highly recommended that you get yourself tested for STDs right away. Syphilis testing should be conducted twice. Once, after 3-6 weeks of exposure, and then the second time is 3 months after you have been treated for the disease, to confirm the absence of any traces of infection in the body.
Further, if you are not aware of your STD health status with regards to other diseases like HIV, herpes-1 or herpes-2, gonorrhea, and so on, then it can’t be stressed enough that you immediately take our 10 Test Panel testing. It will help you to rule out the possibility of any of these dangerous infections.
What happens if I test positive for Syphilis?
If your syphilis test results come out positive, then you are eligible for a free consultation with our doctors. They will advise you on the next course of action. You can choose a convenient time for this phone consultation, during which they will answer all your doubts, and queries regarding your syphilis treatment.