Syphilis Testing

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Our sexual health services are discreet and confidential.
Depending on if you are currently experiencing symptoms or not, will depend if you appointment is with a nurse or a doctor.

Service Appointment with: Price
Asymptomatic Consultation - You do not have symptoms A nurse £25*
Symptomatic Consultation - You currently have symptoms A GP £85*
* Sexual health tests & treatment are an additional cost
Sexual Health Tests Available: Price
Chlamydia Testing From £65
Gonorrhoea Testing From £65
HIV Testing From £65
Syphilis Testing From £65
Kindly note testing will be advised by your nurse or GP

Syphilis Testing

Syphilis may seem like an ‘old’ forgotten disease which is no longer frequently discussed, but syphilis cases have in fact been on the rise in the last few years. While it still isn’t the most common STI infection, it certainly is very serious. Leaving syphilis untreated can cause serious health complications later on in life.

There are several stages of syphilis infection; primary, secondary and latent and late stages, the latter being the most serious. Regular screening is essential in preventing spread of the disease and treatment is readily available, so there’s no reason to delay getting tested. Testing is usually done in combination with HIV testing.

We understand that talking about sexual health can be an uncomfortable conversation for some, but our team of experienced doctors and nurses are on hand to discuss any concerns you may have and provide on-going advice and treatment. All our sexual health services are discrete and completely confidential.

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How is my sample taken?

A relatively small blood sample is required for a syphilis test.

Using a lancet (a small needle), your finger will be pricked and a few drops of blood will be used as the sample.

When can I do my test after possibly being exposed to Syphilis?

For accurate results, it is advised to get tested 3 weeks after suspected exposure for those who do not have symptoms.

If you have symptoms of an STI, perhaps Syphilis, you shouldn’t delay testing.

How will I receive my result?

During your appointment, we will ask you how you'd like to receive your results.

We can provide them over a phone call, in an email or in a text message. We will only contact you in the way you have requested. All our services are discreet and confidential.

We always have time to listen

Instant Syphilis testing available

Our instant syphilis test uses a finger prick blood sample and can provide accurate results in 60 seconds.

During your 15-minute appointment our nurse will take the blood sample, explain the results and provide you with further information, if required.

The test also tests for HIV, with sensitivity of 99.3 -100% & specificity of 99-99.8% - meaning it is highly accurate.

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What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a bacterial infection (Treponema Pallidum) which is usually caught by having sex with someone who is infected.

If left untreated it can cause serious health problems. Syphilis is divided into stages (primary, secondary, latent and tertiary), categorised by how much the infection has developed. It can be transmitted by direct contact with a syphilis sore during vagina, anal or oral sex. Sores can be found on/around the penis, vagina, anus and lips/mouth. Syphilis can also be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy.

What are the symptoms of Syphilis?

Different stages of syphilis can cause different symptoms.

Common early symptoms include sores (resemble oral, anal and genital warts), a skin itchy rash, muscle aches, fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes

How does Syphilis affect the body?

Syphilis can develop into neurosyphilis

Syphilis can develop into neurosyphilis which is when the nervous system is invaded, which can lead to headaches, altered behaviour, difficulty coordinating muscle movements, paralysis, sensory deficits and dementia.

Book your sexual health consultation online

Book Appointment

Our sexual health services are discreet and confidential.
Depending on if you are currently experiencing symptoms or not, will depend if you appointment is with a nurse or a doctor.

Service Appointment with: Price
Asymptomatic Consultation - You do not have symptoms A nurse £25*
Symptomatic Consultation - You currently have symptoms A GP £85*
* Sexual health tests & treatment are an additional cost
Sexual Health Tests Available: Price
Chlamydia Testing From £65
Gonorrhoea Testing From £65
HIV Testing From £65
Syphilis Testing From £65
Kindly note testing will be advised by your nurse or GP
FAQs

If you think you have been exposed to syphilis you should make a sexual health appointment. If you have developed symptoms you should book in with a doctor. If you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive but don’t have symptoms yourself, this should be with a nurse. It is also important that you abstain from sexual contact with anybody else until you have been tested and treated.

Antibiotic injections are usually the cure for syphilis. Different antibiotics in different quantities are prescribed depending on what stage of syphilis you have, so an appointment with the doctor is necessary to establish this. Follow up blood tests are recommended once the treatment has finished to make sure it has worked.

The only way to fully ensure you don’t catch syphilis is by abstaining from sexual contact completely. However, for those who are sexually active, you should always use a condom every time you engage in sexual activity (vagina, anal and oral sex), get tested regularly for syphilis, choose less risky sexual behaviours and limit your number of sexual partners.

Absolutely. Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to have a syphilis test because syphilis can be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby during pregnancy. You can safely be treated for syphilis during pregnancy with antibiotics.

Yes. Even if you have previously been successfully treated for syphilis, you can contract it again, so it’s important to take the necessary precautions in order to avoid this.

If you have been treated for syphilis,you should avoid sexual contact for 7 days after your treatment has finished. You can catch syphilis again, so it is important that any infected partners also wait until 7 days after they have finished treatment.

Untreated syphilis can become very serious. If left untreated, syphilis can lead to damage to the brain, eyes, heart, nerves, bones, joints and liver. As a result of this damage, it is possible to become paralysed, blind or develop dementia.

If you are pregnant and you leave syphilis untreated, this can result in a stillborn or developmentally stunted babies.