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Syphilis (IgG/IgM) - Blood Test - In-Store only

Syphilis (IgG/IgM) - Blood Test - In-Store only


Urban Clinic has a specialist test for Syphilis where we can look for antibodies from a tiny sample of blood. The small blood sample is returned to our lab and we can have results in as little as 4 hours. The blood test can be combined with other tests such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C. We are able to distinguish between a past infection and a recent or current infection.


  • What is syphilis?

    Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is passed through sexual contact. The first symptoms normally involve a sore called a chancre that appears at the site of the infection. This sore will start off as a raised area and will soon develop into an ulcer. The ulcer will eventually heal but if the infection is not treated it will go on to the secondary phase that normally involves a rash and a sore throat and a general feeling of being unwell. At this stage, only a blood test will reveal the infection. The third phase is more serious, where the infection affects the organs, including the brain. If syphilis is not treated then it can lead to death.

    Who is at risk?

    Anyone who is having unprotected sex is at risk but men who have sex with men (MSM) are at a much higher risk. Around 60% of all diagnosed cases in the UK are in people who identified as MSM.

    How is syphilis transmitted?

    Syphilis is transferred when an infected area of mucous membrane comes into contact with the mucous membrane of another person. Contrary to popular myth, you cannot contract syphilis from a lavatory seat!

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