San Francisco Syphilis Testing

Flexible and timely syphilis testing and treatment options are available with STD Testing San Francisco. For concerned patients, we use the Rapid Plasma Reagin test to accurately determine if your blood has antibodies that would suggest an exposure to syphilis. Syphilis can be treated with a simple round of antibiotics - but you must be tested prior to receiving care. All residents of the San Francisco and San Francisco county areas deserve hassle-free STD testing and treatment.

Syphilis facts and stats

2,695

The CDC predicts that about 2,695 new cases of Syphilis will be reported in the greater San Francisco area in 2015.

2-5x

The CDC reports that people with Syphilis are 2-5x more at risk of getting HIV, as opposed to someone who doesn't have Syphilis.

18%

From 2000 to 2015, the number of reported Syphilis infections has increased roughly by 18%, each year across California.

2,695

The CDC predicts that about 2,695 new cases of Syphilis will be reported in the greater San Francisco area in 2015.

2-5x

The CDC reports that people with Syphilis are 2-5x more at risk of getting HIV, as opposed to someone who doesn't have Syphilis.

18%

From 2000 to 2015, the number of reported Syphilis infections has increased roughly by 18%, each year across California.

Syphilis Frequently Asked Questions

Syphilis Basics

How is Syphilis spread?

Syphilis can be spread from person-to-person during oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Syphilis sores generally are found around the genital areas, but can also be found around the anus and mouth. To prevent the spread of syphilis, avoid sexual contact with anyone who has the disease. Wearing a condom can help reduce the risk of catching Syphilis and other STDs as well.

It's also possible for a mother to spread Syphilis to her unborn child during pregnancy or childbirth.

Will Syphilis affect my ability to get pregnant or my pregnancy?

Women who have Syphilis and are pregnant are at a greater risk because Syphilis can be spread to her child, in addition to causing miscarriages. If is left untreated, you could progress to the later stages of Syphilis during which serious health problems and death may occur. Pregnant women who get Syphilis may also have a miscarriage or pass the infection to her child during pregnancy or childbirth. If you have specific questions about Syphilis in regards to a pregnancy, it's recommended that you speak directly with your doctor.

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a commonly found STD that is spread through sexual contact and caused by a infectious bacteria. Luckily, Syphilis is treatable and curable with a round of antibiotics. To receive antibiotics, you must get tested though. If not detected and treated, Syphilis can develop to more advanced stages and can eventually cause long-term complications for patients.

What are the symptoms of Syphilis?

There are different stages of syphilis:

-Primary stage: This stage is the first stage of Syphilis in which sores will appear at the site where Syphilis has infected the body. Whether or not the infected person has been treated, these sores will disappear within three to six weeks. Those who do not detect these symptoms will progress to secondary Syphilis.

-Secondary stage: During this stage of the virus, skin rashes or open sores may appear on the body. These rashes do not cause itching and may be so faint that they are not detectable. The sores usually develop in warm, moist areas of the body, such as the mouth or groin, and are gray or white in appearance. Additional symptoms of this stage include fatigue, fever, weight loss, aching muscles, hair loss, and swollen lymph glands. These symptoms may go away without treatment, but those who do not get treated will move on to the next stages: latent and late.

-Latent and late stages: There may be no symptoms during this stage of Syphilis, but there may still be an infection present. The first 12 months of this stage is called early latent Syphilis and, after 12 months, it is called late latent Syphilis. If a person is not treated, it could lead to the late stage of Syphilis. While it is uncommon that a person with untreated Syphilis will progress to this stage, it can happen, and the late stages of Syphilis can cause serious complications. In this stage, the infection can damage the brain, nerves, and other internal organs, which may lead to death.

Syphilis Testing

What is the test for Syphilis?

If you get tested for Syphilis, we will use the industry-standard Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) test/i> in combination with a urine sample to determine if you've been exposed to the bacteria that causes Syphilis.

How does the test for Syphilis work?

When you are infected with Syphilis, your body creates antibodies in an attempt to fight the infection. The Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR) test/i> that searches for these antibodies to determine whether or not you are infected. It can take 4 to 6 weeks after infection for a detectable amount of antibodies to develop.

Is there anything else I should know about Syphilis testing?

In some cases, your Syphilis test result might still be positive, if you've tested positive in the past. This test can be sensitive, meaning that you could possibly get a "false-positive" result. If you get a positive result, your doctor will determine if you need to have an additional test done for confirmation. Be sure to keep a copy of your health records to show your doctor if you test positive again for Syphilis.

Syphilis Treatment

Are there cure or treatment options for Syphilis?

The good news is that Syphilis can be easily cured and treated. But you still have to get tested prior to receiving treatment. If you do test positive, treatment is typically a round of antibiotics. If you have any specific questions about your medication, please consult your doctor.

What happens if I don't get treatment for Syphilis?

It's common for Syphilis to go undetected for many years in both males and females. If Syphilis is left untreated, the complications can be long-term and possibly life-threatening. Women who have Syphilis and are pregnant are at a greater risk because Syphilis can be spread to her child, in addition to causing miscarriages. It's very important to seek treatment if you test positive for Syphilis.

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