Test for syphilis at home

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What is in the self-test kit?

To get tested for syphilis there is no need to visit a clinic or GP. For testing at home you will need a blood sample, collected from a finger prick. The kit contains:

  • an alcohol swab to clean your finger
  • a small lancet to make a tiny cut in your fingertip
  • a sample tube
  • plasters.
Blood sample tube

You’ll need to drop a small amount of blood into the sample tube.

You can customise your self-test kits and choose which STIs/STDs to test for. Read more about other common sexual infections and the kits Fettle provides.

Should I get tested?

Although less common than other sexually transmitted infections, there are a growing number of syphilis cases in the UK. You should get tested if you’ve had unprotected sex, particularly if you are a man who has sex with men or you have multiple partners, as you are likely to be at higher risk of infection.

If you have any symptoms, you should go to a sexual health clinic. Syphilis may take 12 weeks to show up in a test from the time of infection. If you are not sure when you might have been exposed to the infection, you should do a test now, and another test at a later date.

Our clinicians can help advise you about this when you place an order with Fettle.

Syphilis can be passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy or at the time of delivery. This is very unusual in the UK as all pregnant women are offered testing for syphilis.

What are the symptoms?

Many people will not notice any symptoms. The infection has three stages; primary, secondary and latent. Symptoms depend on the stage of the infection.

Primary syphilis causes an ulcer at the site of infection and swelling of lymph glands. This happens within the first three months of infection. The ulcer is highly infectious but painless and disappears without treatment. It may not be noticed at all.

Secondary syphilis can cause skin problems (usually a rash) and swelling of lymph glands anywhere in the body. This usually happens within 6 months of infection. The rash will get better without treatment.

Late syphilis can happen from 7 years up to 30 years after infection. Late syphilis can serious consequences at this stage, when syphilis can affect bones, skin, the heart or the central nervous system and may be life threatening.

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It can take up to 12 weeks for syphilis to show up in tests

When should I get tested for syphilis?

Syphilis may take 12 weeks to show up in a test from the time of infection. If you are not sure when you might have been exposed to the infection, you should do a test now, and another test at a later date.

Our clinicians can help advise you about this when you place an order with Fettle.

What is syphilis and how is it transmitted?

Syphilis is a bacterial infection. It can be be passed on through oral, vaginal or anal sex. It can also be passed from mother to child at birth.

How long do syphilis test results take?

Fettle is committed to delivering your results within 72 hours of receiving your samples.

If your result is reactive, one of our clinicians will call you to discuss treatment and help you with the next steps. If your result is negative, we’ll let you know by text as soon as your result is available.

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How is syphilis treated?

Syphilis is treated effectively by antibiotic injections or tablets. The length of treatment depends on the stage of infection.

As soon as your test results become available, we will be in touch to advise you how to get treatment.

Shall I tell my partner(s) I have syphilis?

If you have any STIs you should tell all of your current partners and anyone else that you have had sex with in the last six months, or since your last negative syphilis test. They may have it without knowing it, so it is important for them to be tested. They could pass the infection onto others or could develop serious symptoms if they are not aware that they need treatment.

If you have an STI, you should tell all of your current sexual partners and anyone else you've had sex with in the last 6 months

How to avoid STIs

The most effective way to avoid an infection is to use either latex or non-latex condoms. If you have oral or anal sex then you should test from these sites as infections can be passed on from the throat or rectum.

FAQ

Where can I get help with the blood sample test?

You’ll need to drop a very small amount of blood into the sample tube. You can watch the blood test instruction video or follow this link to see the instruction leaflet that comes with the kit.

Can my partner tell if I have syphilis?

Your partner will be able to tell if you have symptoms but not if you do not. However, you should tell your partner if you have syphilis as it is important they get tested and get treatment if required.

If I’ve received treatment for syphilis before, will I always test positive for it?

People who have previously had syphilis will typically return a positive result for an antibody test (using a blood test).

If you have previously had treatment for syphilis we recommend that you seek an RPR test at a clinic or your GP - an RPR test will indicate if you have a new syphilis infection.

Does syphilis affect fertility?

There is no evidence that syphilis affects fertility.

Tests we offer

  • HIV£23
  • Syphilis£23
  • Genital Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea£26
  • Rectal Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea£26
  • Oral Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea£26
  • Hepatitis B£26
  • Hepatitis C£26

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