Chicago Syphilis Testing

High quality syphilis testing and treatment options are available with STD Testing Chicago. If you get tested, our labs will use the Rapid Plasma Reagin test to inform with if you've been exposed to syphilis recently. Syphilis can be treated with a simple round of antibiotics - but you must be tested prior to receiving care. Everyone living in the Chicago and Cook county areas deserves hassle-free STD testing and treatment.

Syphilis facts and stats

1,263

The CDC predicts that about 1,263 new cases of Syphilis will be reported in the greater Chicago 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.

7%

From 2000 to 2015, the number of reported Syphilis infections has increased roughly by 7%, each year across Illinois.

1,263

The CDC predicts that about 1,263 new cases of Syphilis will be reported in the greater Chicago 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.

7%

From 2000 to 2015, the number of reported Syphilis infections has increased roughly by 7%, each year across Illinois.

Syphilis Frequently Asked Questions

Syphilis Basics

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a very commonly found STD that is caused by an infectious and contagious bacteria. It is primarily spread through person to person contact during sex. This can include oral, anal, and vaginal sex. Syphilis is treatable with antibiotics, if detected. As Syphilis progresses through more advanced stages, the associated symptoms can get worse and lead to long-term complications for patients.

What are the symptoms of Syphilis?

Syphilis has three unique stages:

-Primary stage: This first stage is where sores 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. Left untreated, 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.

How is Syphilis spread?

Syphilis is spread during sexual contact (oral, anal and vaginal) with someone who has syphilis sores, which occur in the genital areas, anus, or mouth. It can also be transferred from a mother to her unborn child during pregnancy or childbirth.

It's possible to prevent the spread of syphilis. While not having sex is the only 100% way to be STD-free, using a condom during oral, anal and vaginal sex is your best bet at staying healthy.

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.

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 syphilis infects you, your body responds by creating antibodies to fight the infection. We use the Rapid Plasma Reagin Test (RPR) that detects these antibodies to determine if you have syphilis. It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks after exposure for detectable amounts of antibodies to develop. If you've had syphilis before and have been treated, it is possible that your test results may still show up positive. Make sure you tell your doctor and show him or her your health records if you have a positive test. This test is sensitive, but it is possible that you can get a "false-positive" result. If you get a positive result, your doctor will determine if you need to get an additional test done for confirmation.

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?

Luckily syphilis can be treated with a round of antibiotics. Before you have sex after receiving treatment, make sure your partner has been tested to avoid re-infection. If you have any questions, 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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