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Syphilis

Symptoms of Syphilis and its linkage to Treponema palladium (TP)?
What tests are involved and how accurate are these tests?
What are the consequences of delayed treatment?
Will anyone know about my health?
How can I protect myself and others from Syphilis infection?

Syphilis

Symptoms of Syphilis and its linkage to Treponema palladium (TP)?
Syphilis is a bacterial infection caused by Treponema palladium. The disease can be defined into three main stages; primary (3-90 days after initial exposure), secondary (4-10 weeks after initial infection) and tertiary (3-15 years after initial infection).
During the primary stage of syphilis infection, a red rounded sore with well-defined margin appears. It may appear to be painless and progress into body rashes, with symptoms such as malaise, headache and general aches and pains. The above symptoms usually disappear spontaneously, even without treatment but leaves the patient with lesions on the face and genital area. If syphilis is left untreated, some patients may have no sequelae but in some cases, they will develop into meningitis, degeneration of the spinal cord, inflammation of cardiovascular system and gummas lesions.

What tests are involved and how accurate are these tests?
It is very important not to delay your diagnosis and we highly recommend an immediate visit to our clinic if you believe you have a potential infection. You will be guided by our specialist team according to your window period. We offer the two syphilis tests below:

 

Test

Window Period

Test Accuracy

1)

TP Antibody (IgG)

3 Months

>95%

2)

TP Antibody (IgG/IgM)

14 Days

>95%

3)

VDRL

14 Days

>95%

Remember, no tests are 100% accurate. All our tests are internationally approved and set to a high standard. Testing kits used will pick up almost all syphilis infections if used during the correct window period.

What are the consequences of delayed treatment?
Once you are infected with syphilis, it is a chronic infectious disease that can spread to other parts of the body. During this period you may transmit the infection to your partner. If syphilis is not treated properly, it will cause long-term damage to the spinal cord, leading to the inability to balance while walking, damages of the cardiovascular system and skin lesions.

Will anyone know about my health?
At SafeZone, your record will remain anonymous. We adopt a unique coding system whereby patient’s record will be confidential. The content of discussions between our clients and staff members at Safe Zone will not be disclosed to anyone else without the consent of our clients. Your details Will Not be passed to any third parties or government organizations. (Hong Kong adopts a voluntary reporting system and all data collected are used for global analysis only.)

How can I protect myself and others from Syphilis infection?
Currently, there are no vaccines for syphilis. To help prevent the spread, it is best suggested correctly applying a condom every time you have vaginal or anal sex and to maintain a mutually monogamous relationship with your partner. Even when correctly applying a condom does not mean a complete protection against infections therefore if you believe you may have been infected with syphilis, it is strongly recommended for an immediate visit to our clinic to avoid alleviated symptoms and further complications.