Syphilis

Syphilis Rapid Plasma Reagin Test (RPR) Test with Reflex to Quantitative RPR and Confirmatory TP-PA:
Syphilis is an STD caused by bacteria and is transferred by coming into contact with syphilis sores. When detected in its primary stages, syphilis can be easily treated with antibiotics prescribed by a physician. The first symptoms of syphilis are usually a single sore in the genital region or mouth, in the case of oral sex. However, because these sores are painless, sometimes they can go undetected. If you have had sexual contact with a partner who has syphilis or you think you may be infected, syphilis testing through blood sampling can give you the answer.
Like other STD tests, the rapid plasma regain (RPR) test detects antibodies to the syphilis bacteria that the body has produced as a result of infection. Due to the nature of the test, it can sometimes take 4 to 6 weeks to produce an accurate result.
If you’ve been treated for syphilis previously, your test results could still produce positive results, so keep health records on hand for your doctor if you receive a second positive result.
Because this test can be very sensitive and sometimes produces a ‘false-positive’ result, your doctor will request an additional screening to confirm the results.
Because this test can be very sensitive and sometimes produces a ‘false-positive’ result, your doctor will request an additional screening to confirm the results.
What is Syphilis?
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can be spread through vaginal, oral, and anal sex. It’s a certain type of bacteria that can be treated and cured with antibiotics.
Are there any symptoms with Syphilis?
Yes it is possible to have early symptoms. Unfortunately some of the symptoms may go unnoticed since they can resemble the flu. Early signs can include skin sores that are present on the penis, vagina, anus and the mouth. Although these sores may be present they are not usually painful. Within two months after the virus is present the symptoms can also include rashes on the palms and feet. If syphilis is left untreated it can cause serious complications such as brain damage, blindness, paralysis, and even death.
How is Syphilis contracted?
It is spread through direct contact of open sores. These sores are can be found on both male and females. These open sores can be found in the genital and anal areas. By avoiding sexual intercourse you can avoid exposure. Also by using a latex condom for oral, vaginal, or anal sex it can reduce your chances of becoming infected.
How do I get tested for Syphilis?
A simple blood test called the Syphilis Rapid Plasma Reagin Test (RPR) will look for the antibodies that fight the infection. It may take up to 6 weeks after exposure to the Syphilis before the antibodies are present. It is also possible to have a false positive reading if you were previously treated for syphilis. In the event that you test positive a another test will be given to confirm the results.
Is there a treatment or a cure for Syphilis?
Yes it is treated with antibiotics to get rid of the bacteria. Although you can get reinfected if your partner is not treated. It is important that your partner is tested and treated so that it will stop the chances of reinfection. This can also stop the possibility of spreading this STD to others. Your physician will give you a specific treatment plan to follow.
What happens if I do not get treatment for Syphilis?
If left untreated can have serious health consequences. You can experience severe health problems. By not being treated for Syphilis it can cause death. Pregnant women can experience miscarriages or can pass Syphilis along to their baby. Since Syphilis can be cured all this can be avoided by getting tested.
Syphilis Rapid Plasma Reagin Test (RPR) Test with Reflex to Quantitative RPR and Confirmatory TP-PA:
Syphilis is an STD caused by bacteria and is transferred by coming into contact with syphilis sores. When detected in its primary stages, syphilis can be easily treated with antibiotics prescribed by a physician. The first symptoms of syphilis are usually a single sore in the genital region or mouth, in the case of oral sex. However, because these sores are painless, sometimes they can go undetected. If you have had sexual contact with a partner who has syphilis or you think you may be infected, syphilis testing through blood sampling can give you the answer. Like other STD tests, the rapid plasma regain (RPR) test detects antibodies to the syphilis bacteria that the body has produced as a result of infection. Due to the nature of the test, it can sometimes take 4 to 6 weeks to produce an accurate result.
If you’ve been treated for syphilis previously, your test results could still produce positive results, so keep health records on hand for your doctor if you receive a second positive result.
Because this test can be very sensitive and sometimes produces a ‘false-positive’ result, your doctor will request an additional screening to confirm the results.
Because this test can be very sensitive and sometimes produces a ‘false-positive’ result, your doctor will request an additional screening to confirm the results.
Is the RPR Test a Urine or a Blood Test ?
This syphilis test is a blood test, so you will have a technician at the lab draw only a small amount of blood. You won’t have to get undressed, nor will there be any swabbing that can be very uncomfortable.
How Do I Need to Prepare for This Test ?
You will not need to do anything to prepare for this blood test, nor will you need to do any fasting.
How Do I Know if I Should be Tested for Syphilis ?
Remember that the syphilis virus can infect men and women alike. It spreads easily, and it is indeed possible to have syphilis without noticing any symptoms. You must get tested to know whether or not you have it. It should be a routine part of any screening for STDs. If you have had unprotected sex with an individual whose STD status you are unaware of, you should especially be tested.
What Will I See in the Results ?
Of course, if you get a negative result, then the technicians have not detected the disease in your blood at the time you took the test. On the other hand, a positive result means that it is possible you have syphilis. If the test is positive, you will need to take the confirmation test before an actual diagnosis will be made. This will differentiate between other possible conditions and syphilis itself. Remember that even after treatment, the RPR may stay positive at a low level. Even in healthy people, the results can be positive, that’s why we always do a confirmation test.
Can You Cure Syphilis ?
Yes, you can. Syphilis is completely curable, and it is most curable when it is caught early and treated with antibiotics. These are sometimes given by an injection or other times with an IV. If you test positive for syphilis, the doctors we have can connect you with a specialist in your area who can perform more testing and recommend treatment. They can monitor your progress and confirm your cure when appropriate.

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