Syphilis is a potentially life-threatening sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria and in recent years it is on the rise in the UK. You can catch it during vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected partner. It is typical for syphilis to cause painless sores during the early stages of infection. Many people who are infected with Syphilis do not have symptoms for years, yet remain at risk for late complications. If it is left untreated, it can spread to various organs and cause severe complications. Early treatment is essential to prevent syphilis from Also if you are sexually active or had unprotected sex without knowing the sexual health of your partner, before pregnancy or whilst pregnant, it is important to take this test. Not only is it easy to become infected, it can also lie dormant for many years without displaying symptoms.
If you suspect a recent exposure, It is recommended that you wait a minimum of 3-4 weeks after the suspected exposure incident before taking a syphilis test. Once you have been treated for syphilis, get re-tested in 3 months to ensure that the syphilis infection has been cleared.
For you, an untreated case of Syphilis can be fatal. ?There is an increased risk of contracting other STIs including HIV.? It is important to get tested regularly and to get the infection treated, which can be with antibiotics.
For pregnant women, it is important to take this test as syphilis can cause complications, such as, miscarriages, premature births, stillbirths, or death of newborn babies. There is also risk of deformities, delays in development or seizures along with many other problems such as rash, fever, swollen liver and spleen, anemia and jaundice. If it is undiagnosed in infants, it can cause damage to their bones, teeth, eyes, ears, and brain.
Who is this for & When to take it
Before planning for a baby it is important that both the man and woman take a Syphilis test. Also this test is important for expecting mothers, throughout their pregnancy if they suspect becoming infected and in their third trimester. At the point that suspect they may have become infected, it is recommended to take the test 3-4 weeks after when you suspected you contracted the infection. If the test is negative, it is recommend you they re-test after 3 months to test to ensure that ii was not a false negative
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