Syphillis

This quick test looks for the presence of antibodies specific for Treponema pallidum (T pallidum) which is the organism that causes syphilis.

Symptoms of syphilis are seen in different stages. The first stage you may experience a painless sore on the genitals, rectum or mouth. Some people also experience hair loss, muscle aches, a fever, a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes. The second stage is characterized by a rash. Then, there may be no symptoms or the symptoms may repeatedly come and go until the final stage which may occur years later. This final stage can result in damage to the brain, nerves, eyes or heart.

This test requires a pin prick of blood to look for the presence of antibodies to T pallidum indicates that you have been infected in the past. You would need to go to your doctor with the positive result. The doctor might want to confirm the result and then prescribe the appropriate treatment.