Syphilis is a blood-borne infection. In order to check whether you have this infection, you need to take a blood test. Our test is a finger prick test which allows you to take a very small blood sample at home.
Taking the sample is quick and easy-with instructions on the leaflet which comes with your test kit. Once you have taken your tiny blood sample you need to post it to the laboratory, which will then analyse your sample. The test kit comes with a self-addressed envelope and the postage is paid, so all you need to do is post it. You will receive your test results within three days of your sample reaching the laboratory.
Our service is discrete and completely confidential. Our test kits are sent out in discreet packaging. We will contact you via text or phone to let you know that your results are available.
When should I get the test?
For some infections, it takes several days or weeks before they can be detected in a sexual health screen. This is called the ‘window period’.
If you think there is a high risk that you have been exposed to this infection (e.g. through sexual contact, blood, or sharing needles with someone who may be infected), it is essential that you see a nurse or doctor immediately. Please contact your GP, Sexual Health Clinic, or A&E department.
Please note: it can take up to 12 weeks for this infection to be detected in a sexual health screen. If you do the test before 12 weeks have passed since the incident, you should confirm any negative results at a later date by repeating the test.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria.
You can catch it during vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected partner. It is typical for syphilis to cause painless sores during the early stages of infection. If it is left untreated, it can spread to various organs and cause severe complications. Early treatment is essential to prevent syphilis from causing serious damage to your inner organs and brain.
Recently, the infection rate for syphilis has been on the rise in the UK. You should get tested if you have had unprotected sex with a partner.
How does it work?
How do I get treatment?
Our top tips on how to do your STI test
For blood tests:
- Blood flows easier when your hands are warm, so perhaps take the test after a hot shower or bath or hold your hand under warm water for a few minutes.
- Stay standing and keep your arm straight with your hand below your waist
- Aim for the middle of the tip of your finger, not too close to your fingernail
- Push lancet down hard against your finger
- Wipe the first dot of blood away with a clean tissue to stop the blood congealing
- If your finger dries up, wait a while, warm up your hand, use another finger and make sure you press the lancet down hard against your finger.
Tips from people who have completed test kits.
- Relax and be patient and if you’re nervous, ask someone to help you.
- Watch the instruction video and read the instruction leaflet.
- Tying your long hair back can make things easier.
- Remove scarves and jewellery so they can’t get in the way.
- Lay the test kit items and your two tissues on a clean, flat surface.