Syphilis Testing

Between 2015 and 2016, new cases of syphilis increased by a whopping 56 percent. Unlike STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia which don’t come with symptoms, those who have contracted syphilis typically see symptoms between 10 and 90 days from exposure. Most become aware something’s wrong when they develop a painless sore known as a chancre in the genital area.

Many choose to ignore their sores since they clear up on their own in around three weeks. However, the bacteria is already in your body, and it continues to cause damage as you slip into various stages of infection. These include:

  • Secondary Stage
    • Lasts one to three months
    • Rash on palms and soles of feet
    • Fever
    • Swollen lymph glands
    • Hair loss
  • Latent Stage
    • Lasts up to 20 years
    • Symptoms disappear
  • Tertiary Stage
    • Blindness
    • Loss of motor skills
    • Damage to various

The good news is that syphilis is a treatable disease. The earlier you detect the problem, the quicker you can eliminate the bacteria and take control of your health. Whether you just want tested since you’re sexually-active or have already seen a chancre, our staff is here to provide lab-based syphilis testing you can count on. Call today to learn more about how we can help.