Syphilis is spread by contact with open sores (usually during sex). If left untreated it can cause serious health problems, including brain and nervous system damage, blood infection and even death. If early action is taken, syphilis can be cured with antibiotics. Syphilis prevalence is growing in the United States, particularly among men who have sex with men.
The test used for diagnosis will depend on what symptoms are present and how much time has passed since exposure. Syphilis can be diagnosed by blood test, or by examining a sample from a sore. If no symptoms are present, these tests may not be able to identify a syphilis infection.
It depends on the lab used by your health care provider, but usually a couple of days to