Syphilis is not as common as some sexually transmitted infections but can cause serious health problems if left untreated. Symptoms and signs can be difficult to recognise. Early signs (primary symphilis) include skin sores which are usually painless. The will appear 2-3 weeks after contact with the infection (although they may appear sooner).
It is important to get tested as soon as possible. Depending on the time frame, if the first test is negative a repeat test will be arranged at a later date.
Syphilis is usually treated with an injection of antibiotics (or tablets).
At 3fivetwo we provide diagnosis and treatment for syphilis. Call us today on 0845 60 06 352 to book an appointment.
WHAT IS A STI?
A sexually transmitted infection is an infection that can be passed from one person to another through sexual intercourse (vaginal, anal or oral).
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A STI?
- Genital lumps
- Genital sores or ulcers
- Itching in the pubic/genital area
- None of the above – many STI’S have no symptoms but can still be contagious and affect general health and fertility
- Penile or Vaginal discharge
WHEN SHOULD I HAVE AN STI SCREEN?
- If you have any of the symptoms listed above
- Before each new sexual relationship, if you have been previously sexually active
- You may need regular screening if you are high risk
WHAT DOES A SEXUAL HEALTH SCREEN INVOLVE?
- A consultation with our Private GP – consultations are 100% confidential
- Bloods – for HIV, syphilis, Hepatitis B and C if deemed appropriate by doctor
- Depending on your symptoms you may have swabs taken.
- Urine testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea - these are the most common STIs
We can tailor individual packages or provide single tests if required. We also offer a range of common STI profiles.
If you are worried about a particular exposure and you have no symptoms, it is advisable to wait 2 weeks before you are screened.