Syphilis Test

If you are sexually active, there is a chance you can contract a sexually transmitted disease called Syphilis. This is a very serious STD that requires treatment so that you can feel better. Syphilis can be transmitted through tissue, blood, and bodily fluids. However, many people don’t realize that you can contract it through oral sex and not just intercourse.
Syphilis can be transmitted from one person to the next through direct contact of any sore that is open. Some of the symptoms include a skin rash, lesions, fever, fatigue, and muscle movement changes. If it isn’t taken care of, it could result in paralysis, numbness, and blindness due to the harmful bacteria. The symptoms may not occur for 10 to 90 days after exposure.
What does the Test Consist of?
A blood test is the most common way to determine of someone has Syphilis. This is usually referred to as a Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR). One of the newer tests is called Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA). It will check the blood for antibodies from the bacteria that causes Syphilis. Most medical professionals will conduct the Venereal Disease Research Lab (VDRL) test. This identifies that there is an STD and also the type of it.
There are also home testing kits that you can use to determine if you may have Syphilis. If the test is positive, you will need to see your doctor to get antibiotics. This type of test involves peeing on a stick and then it will have a window that shows you if the syphilis test is positive. If so, make an appointment immediately with a medical professional. If it is negative, but you have symptoms, talk to your doctor. You may have some form of STD that needs to be treated.
Treatment
If you think you may have Syphilis or it is confirmed as positive, precautions must be taken to prevent it from spreading to anyone else. It is highly recommended that you inform anyone you have had intimate contact with over the past 3 months. It is best to abstain from sexual contact until any sores or lesions have completely healed.
There is no over the counter product or home remedy to take care of Syphilis. It requires antibiotics to kill the harmful bacteria. The antibiotics need to be taken for the full course that they are prescribed. This can range from 7 to 14 days. Don’t stop taking the antibiotics even if you feel better or the sores/lesions have healed. The bacteria may not be fully destroyed and then you will have to start the round of antibiotics again.
If you have used antibiotics frequently, your body may have developed a tolerance to them. Make sure you fully disclose to your doctor when you have used them and what types. It can make a difference regarding what you are prescribed if you have a positive Syphilis test. If it is in an advanced stage, you may be given steroids along with the antibiotics to help boost your immune system.

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