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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection which is caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. In the UK it is usually transferred between people during unprotected sexual contact - vaginal, anal or oral sex.
Syphilis does present with symptoms but often these can be mild and sometimes go unnoticed. It is really important to get tested to halt the spread of the infection and to prevent serious health problems which can develop if syphilis is left untreated.
Symptoms in the primary stage (usually a couple of weeks after infection) include a small, painless sore (or chancre) at the site of the infection which, once healed, is usually followed by a blotchy red, or reddish-brown, rash on the body or commonly on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet (secondary stage). If syphilis is left untreated it can progress to tertiary syphilis which can have profound health consequences including damage to the brain, central nervous and cardiovascular systems.
This test checks for the presence in the blood of IgG and IgM antibodies to the syphilis infection. It will detect a current or a previous infection, but won't be able to distinguish between the two. It is recommended to wait at least a week following possible infection to get tested - to give your body chance to produce the antibody response in the case of an active infection. You will likely need a confirmatory test (after up to 12 weeks) if your first test comes back negative.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your Syphilis Blood Test (IgG and IgM Antibodies) finger-prick blood sample collection kit which contains everything you need to take your blood sample in the comfort of your own home. If you are unsure about completing a finger-prick blood sample collection you will have the opportunity to select a clinic-based venous blood sample collection or choose to go our London laboratory during the checkout process.How to collect a finger-prick blood sample
Your Syphilis Blood Test (IgG and IgM Antibodies) includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Syphilis Blood Test (IgG and IgM Antibodies) results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you can visit my.medichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Syphilis Blood Test (IgG and IgM Antibodies) results.
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