What is Syphilis Testing?
Syphilis tests are used to identify the presence of syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the presence of the bacteria Treponema pallidum in the body. This test is often offered at urgent care centers or through healthcare providers. However, these testing options often require verbal requests for testing, awkward waiting rooms or painful swabbing.
At Priority STD Testing, we value your dignity, your comfort and your time. Our online scheduling system makes it easy to locate a testing facility in your area so you’re in and out without unnecessary hoops or hurdles. Our syphilis tests never involve uncomfortable physicals or swabbing. Just a quick and easy blood test.
Purchase your STD tests privately online or over the phone. The process is simple, quick, and secure. Our care counselors are available to answer any questions you may have about our syphilis tests or help schedule STD testing.
Get tested same day at any of our 4,000 private locations, no appointment is needed after ordering. Our collection facilities are discreet, professional, and value your privacy. No other patients will know the reason for your visit.
Results from syphilis tests are processed typically just 24-72 hours after collection. You can access your results online through a secure patient login, or by calling one of our care counselors. Treatment options are available as well.
How Syphilis Testing Works
There are two primary methods, rapid plasma reagin (RPR) and venereal disease research laboratory (VDRL) tests, to identify a syphilis infection—both blood tests.
A healthcare professional will extract a blood sample from either your hand or your arm using a small needle. This procedure usually lasts less than 5 minutes. Once your test is completed, results will be available within 24 to 72 hours through a private, online portal.
A blood test is definitely not something most people look forward to. That’s why our tests are FDA-approved and performed at CLIA-certified labs to give you peace of mind and confidence in your results. Our care counselors are also available to help you through the process, understand your results and determine routes for treatment.
Why Order Syphilis Testing
Left untreated, syphilis can be detrimental to your health and lead to a number of neurological and cardiovascular conditions.1 For women, it can cause problems during pregnancy or result in a stillbirth. Treatment can help prevent future damage but can’t repair or reverse damage that’s already occurred.
Early detection is key in avoiding other health issues attributed to a syphilis infection. With regular syphilis testing, complications can be avoided and your worries can be put to rest.
When to Get Tested
If you notice any sores or rashes on your genitals or any other possible symptoms of syphilis,2 you should get tested. You do not need to be exhibiting symptoms to get tested.
The incubation period for syphilis is 10-90 days after infection. Chancres,3 small sores that appear on the genitals, tongue or mouth are typically painless and usually develop within 3 weeks of exposure, so waiting 4 weeks after you suspect you’ve been exposed is recommended.4
Fortunately, syphilis can be cured with antibiotic treatment. If caught early, this viral infection can be treated with an injection of a common antibiotic to combat the infection.4
Other treatment options include oral antibiotic treatments and follow-up blood tests to confirm successful treatment. However, as mentioned previously, treatments cannot reverse the damage already inflicted by the infection.
How to Order Syphilis Testing
A possible syphilis diagnosis can feel overwhelming and even scary, but letting it go untreated can cause irreparable damage to the nervous system. That’s why we’ve revolutionized the testing process with easy ordering, accurate testing, and quick results in just 3 steps.
At Priority STD, we make sure scheduling is simple, testing is non-invasive, and the cost is straightforward. Our goal is to get your results quickly and accurately while ensuring support every step of the way. Order online, visit a local testing center and get results within 24 to 72 hours.Lets Get Started
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How do I get my test results?
Your test results are accessible through a secure login unique to your order, updated 24 hours a day including partial results. Once your final results are available, you’ll be notified by email discreetly. Test results are expedited as a rush order and typically process just 24-72 hours after visiting the collection facility. If you have questions about your results or require a treatment consult, our care counselors are just a phone call away. Nothing will ever be sent to your home or healthcare provider to respect your privacy.
What can I expect when I get to the collection site?
We understand that STD testing can be an embarrassing experience. We utilize Quest Diagnostics collection sites that are discreet and nondescript. This means you will never be singled out for getting tested, and nobody in the lobby will know your reason for visiting. You will never be sent to a public clinic, health department, or doctors office.
Can I switch testing sites?
Even after you have selected a testing site, you can switch locations any time you wish. Your lab order can be used at all Quest Diagnostics collection sites within the same state without having to change your lab order. If you wish to test in a different state, simply call to speak with a care counselor who can update your requisition. There are no fees associated with switching testing sites either.
How accurate are my test results?
All of the tests we offer are FDA approved and performed in CLIA certified labs to ensure the highest level of accuracy. Some STDs require that you wait a period of time after sexual contact before getting tested. Each disease has a different latency period, so understanding when to test is important. If you have questions, our care counselors are happy to walk you through the process, start to finish.
Do I need to fast before getting tested?
No fasting is required for any type of test we offer. If you are testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis, please ensure that you have not urinated for at least one hour prior to visiting the testing center.
Do you accept insurance?
To use your health insurance, we are able to provide all of the necessary information to file a self-claim. We utilize Quest Diagnostics which is the largest lab network in the nation, therefore most healthcare providers will offer some form of reimbursement. We will never directly bill your insurance to ensure your results are completely private and kept off of your permanent health record.
- Staff, Mayo Clinic. 2021. “Syphilis – Symptoms And Causes”. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/syphilis/symptoms-causes/syc-20351756#:~:text=that%20causes%20AIDS-,Complications,-Without%20treatment%2C%20syphilis.
- “Syphilis – Images”. 2021. Cdc.Gov. https://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/images.htm.
- “Syphilis – Symptoms”. 2021. Nhs.Uk. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/syphilis/symptoms/.
- “Syphilis – Treatment”. 2021. Nhs.Uk. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/syphilis/treatments/.
- Villines, Zawn. 2021. “STD Symptoms: How Long To Manifest And When To Test”. Medicalnewstoday.com. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/how-long-does-it-take-an-std-to-show-up.