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Included: 1 (one) Syphilis test kit, a pre-addressed return envelope (Postage Paid)
How do I know if I have syphilis?
Symptoms of syphilis in adults can be divided into stages:
Syphilis is called an ‘early’ case if a patient has been infected for a year or less, such as during the primary or secondary stages of syphilis. People who have ‘early’ syphilis can more easily spread the infection to their sex partners. The majority of early syphilis cases are currently found among men who have sex with men, but women and unborn children are also at risk of infection.
During the first (primary) stage of syphilis, you may notice a single sore, but there may be multiple sores. The sore is the location where syphilis entered your body. Sores are usually (but not always) firm, round, and painless. Because the sore is painless, it can easily go unnoticed. The sore lasts 3 to 6 weeks and heals regardless of whether or not you receive treatment. Even though the sore goes away, you must still receive treatment so your infection does not move to the secondary stage.
During the secondary stage, you may have skin rashes and/or sores in your mouth, vagina, or anus (also called mucous membrane lesions). This stage usually starts with a rash on one or more areas of your body. The rash can show up when your primary sore is healing or several weeks after the sore has healed. It can look like rough, red, or reddish brown spots on the palms of your hands and/or the bottoms of your feet. The rash usually won’t itch and may be so faint that you won’t notice it. Other symptoms you can have include: fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, patchy hair loss, headaches, weight loss, muscle aches, and fatigue (feeling tired). The symptoms of this stage will go away whether or not you receive treatment. Without the right treatment, however, your infection will move to the latent and possibly late stages of syphilis.
Latent and Late Stages
The latent stage of syphilis begins when all of the symptoms you had earlier disappear. If you do not receive treatment, you can have syphilis in your body for years without any signs or symptoms. Most people with untreated syphilis do not develop late stage syphilis. However, when it does happen it is very serious and would occur 10–30 years after your infection began. Symptoms of the late stage syphilis include difficulty coordinating your muscle movements, paralysis (not able to move certain parts of your body), numbness, blindness, and dementia (mental disorder). In the late stages of syphilis, the disease damages your internal organs and can result in death.
Does syphilis testing use blood or urine?
To test for syphilis, we use a small blood sample.
What do I need to do to prepare for the test?
No preparation or fasting is necessary to take this syphilis test.
When is the right time to test for syphilis?
It is recommended that you wait a minimum of 3-6 weeks post-exposure before taking a syphilis test. Once you have been treated for syphilis, get re-tested in 3 months to ensure that the syphilis infection has been cleared.
What will the test results say?
There are two possible outcomes: positive (reactive) or negative (non-reactive). A negative result means that there was no detectable traces of syphilis in your system. A positive result may indicate that you have syphilis. However, a positive diagnosis cannot be established until a TPA confirmation test can be run that differentiates syphilis from other conditions.
Can syphilis be cured or treated?
Yes, syphilis is curable and can be treated with antibiotics. However, treatment will not undo any damage that the infection has already done. Should you test positive for syphilis, request a free telemedicine consultation by contacting our Customer Service team.
For more information about Syphilis, visit the CDC website.
myLAB Box offers at home collection tests with mailing to the laboratory. The performance of these tests on your samples complies with all state and federal regulations regarding laboratory testing.