Syphilis Blood Test

Syphilis (RPR) Blood Testing

The RPR or Syphilis blood testing is the most commonly used method of diagnosing the venereal disease. There are other methods, however the blood test is the most reliable to date. The test is actually measuring the Treponema pallidum bacteria that cause Syphilis. If the blood test is positive the patient is commonly treated with an antibiotic, such as Penicillin. The test is generally given as a routine screening or when symptoms present. Some states require a Syphilis blood test before they will issue a marriage license, to prevent the STD spread to an unborn baby.

When The Blood Test Is Ordered

It is generally ordered upon the request of a patient that has had unprotected sex, multiple partners or other possible exposure. Pregnant women are generally given the test to ensure that they do not pass the sexually transmitted disease to the baby. The Syphilis RPR blood testing is generally done every 3 months up to a year for those that have a positive test. This is because the antibodies can not show up for several months after exposure.

Syphilis Symptoms

Those that have symptoms of Syphilis should be blood tested immediately. It is a highly treatable disease, however when left untreated it can lead to severe health concerns. The most common symptoms are a single painless sore, rash, reddish brown spots on the hands or bottom of the feet. More serious side effects and health concerns if the disease is left untreated include hair loss, swollen lymph glands, fever, internal organ damage, disorders of the heart, eyes, liver and bones. Blindness can also transpire from untreated Syphilis.