STI stands for “Sexually Transmitted Infection” and STD stands for “Sexually Transmitted Disease”. These two terms sound similar and the difference between them can be confusing. One of the reasons for this is that up to a certain point these two terms were synonymous and were used interchangeably. But now there is a technical difference between these terms which has been acknowledged by the medical community and can no longer be used synonymously.
Syphilis Standard Test RPR (Rapid Plasma Reagin)
Syphilis Test RPR (Rapid Plasma Reagin): Test for Syphilis, Rapid Plasma Reagin (RPR), Quantitation. Specimen Type: Blood
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Syphilis is a serious STD that’s currently on the rise, especially amongst men who sleep with other men (MSM). According to the CDC, “Between 2015 and 2016, the number of reported primary and secondary (P&S) cases in the United States increased by 18%. Most (58%) of these cases were among MSM.” If left untreated, syphilis can cause serious health concerns.
Stages of Syphilis
Sometimes, syphilis will not cause problems for 10-30 years. This disease is known for being an STD with 4 forms:
- Primary syphilis – sores at the place of infection (usually the mouth, genitals, anus, or rectum) – may or may not be noticeable
- Secondary syphilis – rash, fever, lymph nodes are swollen, and mucus in the lesions
- Tertiary syphilis – serious health problems that may involve the brain (nerve dysfunction, stroke, altered mental state), heart, genitals, eyes, ears, and other organs
- Latent syphilis – shows no signs or symptoms
Test Smartly Labs can help if you need to test for syphilis or any other STD.
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While all health-related matters deserve the utmost privacy and confidentiality, some types of blood tests and lab work need even more. When it comes to STI or STD testing, you do not want to have any small chance of anyone you know finding out about your risks or diagnoses. Of course, if you go to your doctor’s office or even a public clinic, the HIPAA rules require everyone involved to keep your information private and secure. However, you may still have some doubts troubling your mind.
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Who Should Get Tested For Syphilis?
To screen for syphilis, we use a blood test.
Here’s what the CDC recommends for syphilis screening:
- All pregnant women starting early in pregnancy, with repeat testing as needed
- At least once a year for all sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM).
- MSM who have multiple or anonymous partners should be screened more frequently for STDs (for example in 3-to-6 month intervals).
Syphilis can be cured by taking antibiotics.
Be prepared for your lab test!
- Make sure you have been Fasting for at least 10-12 hours for many blood tests
- Make sure you are Hydrated for blood draw
- Complete TSL Intake Form & HIPAA Disclosure
- Pay for your lab test upfront (We don't process insurance claims but can provide you with information to submit your own insurance claim)
- If you are having specialized testing, call ahead to help us determine if there are special collection preparations.
- If you are interested in one of our health panels, please feel free to look at our web listing to help identify which one you want performed.
- Please try to arrive 30 minutes prior to business closing to allow us time to process your samples for shipment.
What Are Your Hours?
- All Test Smartly Labs are open Monday through Friday, from 9am - 5pm
- The Overland Park Testing Center is also open from 9am – 1pm on Saturdays
Do We Need To Have An Appointment?
- No appointment is required to come into our labs, and all of our locations are on a walk-in basis. However, it is recommended you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing. If your situation requires special time considerations, please call us to determine if it would be better to arrange an appointment time.
Do I Need Doctors’ Orders For Testing?
- No doctors’ orders needed, we are a Direct-Access Testing Center. You are encouraged to consult your medical professional with your lab test results.
What’s The Turnaround Time For Lab Work?
- Average turnaround time is 2-5 business days depending on the complexity of the lab work. Most tests are available in 2-3 days.
Do You Need A List Of My Medications For A Drug Test?
- Per protocol, the lab techs are not allowed to receive or ask for your medications. A medical review officer or MRO, a licensed physician who specializes in toxicology, will call you and ask for your medications and your physician’s phone number if it’s detected in your sample during testing. The MRO will then call your physician to verify your medications.