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Syphilis commonly asked questions

What is Syphilis?

It is a sexually transmitted disease that caused by the bacterium Treponemapallidum. It has been referred as "the great imitator" because its signs and symptoms are hard to distinguish from those of other diseases. About 36,000 women and men in America become infected each year. Syphilis,if left untreated, progresses in stages (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary), which can lead to serious complications and even death.

How is it spread?

Itis spread mainly through contact with syphilitic sores that occur on male and female genital and anal areas. Direct contact takes place through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Sores can also be present on the lips and in the mouth; therefore kissing is another way in which it can be transmitted from one infected person to another.

What are the symptoms of Syphilis?

Symptoms are different depending on the disease stage. Most people in US are in primary stage.

Primary stage symptom consists of painless sores (called chancres) that form after exposure. The time between infection and the development of sores ranges from 10 to 90 (21 days is the average). The sores last 3-6 weeks and they heal without treatment.

If Syphilis is left untreated, it moves to the second stage.

Secondary stage usually starts with a rough, red, or reddish brown rash in one or more areas of the body. Symptoms can include fever, fatigue, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands. These signs will come and go, but not treating the infection will progress to the latent (hidden) stage.

Latent stage presents no symptoms and it can last for several years. You cannot infect someone while in this stage.

In the tertiary stage symptoms such as muscle coordination difficulties, numbness, dementia, blindness, and paralysis appear and as a result it damages your internal organs.

Who does need to be tested?

Once a year testing is recommended for adults between the ages of 20 to 29 that engage in unprotected sex, have sex with multiple partners, have sex with a new partner, are infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), or men that have sex with other men.

How does he testing done?

Small sample of the blood will be send to the certified laboratory

What is the name of the test?

The test called Syphilis Rapid Plasma Reagin Test (RPR).

How accurate is the test?

Syphilis test is very accurate and consists of two parts. First part is RPR or VDRL which detect the antibody for the syphilis. Second part is EIA –Enzyme Immunoassay. The second part is a confirmatory test. The second part is done automatically be the lab on the same blood sample if the first part is positive.

How fast do results come back?

Your testing results will be back in 3-5 business days.

What is the treatment?

The antibiotic of choice is Penicillin. Depending on the stage one shot or three shots(one weekly) is given. Those allergic to penicillin will be given Doxycycline as an alternative treatment method. Follow-up blood tests at 6 and 12 months after receiving treatment to make sure the infection is gone. It is important for infected people to refrain from having sex until they are completely cured.

No Surprise Fees Is Our Guarantee

We offer affordable pricing and are happy to take on patients who are currently without medical insurance.

We offer a $90($84 cash) initial office visit fee(All patient seen by a doctor). In addition, we offer a full panel of STD tests for a competitively priced $220.

Syphilis- $50.00
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea(both)- $120.00
HIV- $60.00
Herpes (1 and 2 )- $70.00

Rapid HIV test is $65(credit)or $60(cash). No office visit fee applied for Rapid testing.

Our guarantee to you is that you will never be surprised by any hidden fees or extra charges. All pricing is discussed up front before the tests are performed so that our patients understand completely what they have been charged for.