RPR Test-Rapid Plasma Reagin, VDRL
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A syphilis test may be ordered when a person has signs and symptoms, such as:
A chancre on the genitals or throat
A skin rash that often is rough, red, and spotted, appearing frequently on the palms of the hands and the bottoms of the feet (an unusual place for most other causes of rashes) and that usually does not itch, with or without other symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes ("glands"), sore throat, and body aches
Primary and secondary syphilis are easy to treat with a penicillin injection. Penicillin is one of the most widely used antibiotics and is usually effective in treating syphilis. People who are allergic to penicillin will likely be treated with a different oral antibiotic, such as doxycycline, azithromycin, or ceftriaxone.
If you have neurosyphilis, you'll get daily doses of penicillin intravenously. This will often require a brief hospital stay. Unfortunately, the damage caused by late syphilis can't be reversed. The bacteria can be killed, but treatment will most likely focus on easing pain and discomfort.
During your treatment, make sure to avoid sexual contact until all sores on your body are healed and your doctor tells you it's safe to resume sex. If you're sexually active, your partner should be treated as well. You shouldn't resume sexual activity until both of your treatments are complete.
Penicillin is the antibiotic most commonly used to treat syphilis. Penicillin is usually given as a shot (injection). If you are allergic to penicillin, your doctor may prescribe another antibiotic in early stages of syphilis, such as doxycycline, tetracycline, ceftriaxone, or azithromycin.
Test Method 1 : The test requires a blood sample, which is drawn through a needle from a vein in your arm.
Report available : Turn around time is 24 hours.
Is being treated for another sexually transmitted disease, such as gonorrhea
Is pregnant, during the first prenatal visit and again in the third trimester and at delivery if the woman is at high risk
Is a man who has sex with men; testing should be done at least yearly or every 3-6 months if at high risk
Engages in high-risk sexual activity, such as having unprotected sex with multiple partners
Has HIV infection, when first diagnosed and then at least yearly; may be done more frequently if at high risk
Has one or more partners who have tested positive for syphilis
Has been informed by public health officials that he or she has been exposed to an infected partner