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Syphilis (RPR) Test
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. The Center of Disease Control and Prevention reported over 32,000 cases of syphilis in 2002. If the results are positive, a second test to confirm will be performed.
What is Syphilis?
Syphilis is a serious bacterial infection. It is usually passed from one person to another by sexual contact. If it is not treated, Syphilis can lead to permanent brain, nerve, and tissue damage.
How Does Syphilis Occur?
The bacteria that cause Syphilis enter the body through an opening such as the vagina, mouth, or rectum. They can also enter through a cut or break in the skin.
What are the Symptoms of Syphilis?
The symptoms of Syphilis vary according to the stage of the disease. During the first stage, smooth, red, painless sores called chancres appear. People usually get chancres near the genitals, but they can form anywhere on the body. Women may not know they have a chancre if it is inside the vagina. Chancres on the penis can usually be seen. These painless sores may appear 10 days to 3 months after contact with an infected person. The sores last 3 to 6 weeks.
The rash in the second stage usually heals within several weeks or months. Often the second stage of Syphilis is followed by a latent period. During latent Syphilis you have no symptoms even though you have not been treated for the disease. This latent period may last a few years or it may last a lifetime.
How is Syphilis Diagnosed?
Your health care provider will ask about your symptoms and examine you. Your provider will look for chancres on your skin and in your vagina, cervix, and anal area. If you have sores, scrapings from the sores will be examined under a microscope to look for bacteria. Your provider may also test a sample of your blood.
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