Syphilis testing is done to detect and diagnose the Treponema pallidum bacterium that causes the syphilis infection.
Nowadays, there are different ways to test for syphilis, and each one has an ability that makes it capable of generating accurate test results.
So, when should you get tested for syphilis? Is there a signal that you have to watch out for? How do you know if it is time to get tested?
Who should consider getting tested
Medical workers recommend that people get tested for syphilis if:
- They have an active sex life. They should undergo testing once every six months or every time they start a new sexual relationship.
- They have been tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV.
- They engaged in high-risk sexual activities or homosexual sex.
- They currently have gonorrhea, Chlamydia, or some other sexually-transmitted disease.
- They are pregnant and want to know if the fetus has contracted the disease.
- They manifest symptoms, like sores or chancres on the throat or genital region.
- They had sex with a person who they know has syphilis.
Testing for syphilis should be done as soon as possible so that the infection can be properly diagnosed. If you receive a positive test result, you should immediately see a doctor to get a prescription for the appropriate antibiotic treatment for this STD.