It’s never been easier to test for an STI. You can now get self-test kits for several different STIs – including syphilis – online, or get testing from your GP, or at your local pharmacy.
Fill out a short medical questionnaire with Superdrug Online Doctor to order a test kit and check your eligibility, then wait for it to arrive in the post. You’ll get your results within 3 days of your sample reaching our lab.
|Syphilis Test Kit||1 Test Kit||£42.00|
Dispensing and standard delivery included.
Click & Collect: free (available for next-day collection in Superdrug Pharmacies)
Next Day Delivery: £3.99
Ordering is quick and simple:
A syphilis home test kit is a safe, easy kit you can use to test yourself for syphilis, without needing to visit a clinic.
The kit contains a finger prick device to draw a small blood sample with. Simply post this blood sample back to the lab using the prepaid return envelope provided.
The syphilis home testing service from Superdrug Online Doctor is quick, reliable, and completely confidential. Your test results will be available in your private patient record within 3 days of the sample reaching our lab. We’ll never send you emails or SMS messages about your tests, including any personal information or test results.
Syphilis is a blood-borne sexually transmitted infection, that you can catch by having sex with an infected partner. It’s also passed on when people share needles or unwashed sex toys, when one person is infected.
Typical early-stage symptoms of syphilis are a rash and painful red sores (known as ‘chancres’) around the mouth or genital areas (your penis, vagina, or anus). However, the symptoms or signs of syphilis aren’t always visible, and some other STIs won’t show any symptoms at all.
Syphilis is easily treated by a short course of antibiotics. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health complications related to your heart, brain, and other organs. If you think you may have been infected, book a test or start your online consultation right away.
If you have had unprotected sex or close physical (genital) contact with someone you know was infected by syphilis, or you think that you might have the infection for any other reason, you should get tested as soon as possible. You should also think about testing for other STIs.
Don’t delay starting the process of taking your STI test, because the longer you have the infection, the greater your chance of health risks. The quicker you catch syphilis, the easier it is to treat.
Your syphilis self-test kit contains a finger prick test consisting of three small lancets and a collection tube. Wash your hands with warm soapy water before taking your sample, and dry them thoroughly. Use either the 3rd or 4th finger on your non-writing hand, cleaning it with the alcotip swab provided.
If you are squeamish, or anxious at the sight of blood, you may need a friend to help you with the test. Twist and pull out the purple stick from one of the lancets. Place it on your fingertip and press the button at the end. A small drop of blood should form as the skin of your fingertip is punctured. Don’t worry if it doesn’t work the first time, you have three lancets to try in total.
Use a clean tissue to wipe the first drop away, and gently massage the side of your finger until another drop forms, using your other hand to do this, and then to catch the blood inside the collection tube. Fill the tube to the upper line, using an additional lancet on another finger if you need to.
Once you’re done, screw the lid to securely close the collection tube, and use the plaster provided to stop your fingertip from bleeding. Write your details clearly on the label provided in the pack and stick it to the sample tube, which you should place into the protective wallet, and then inside the prepaid envelope, along with any used lancets. Post this envelope at any usual UK post box or post office, and safely discard of any unused parts of the test.
Syphilis can lead to serious health complications if left untreated, but it’s easy to treat. It’s treated with antibiotics, either with a single injection or a short course or tablets, depending on when you catch the STI.
During treatment, you may experience flu-like symptoms (feeling hot and achy). These are common side effects from the medication and shouldn’t last long. Avoid any form of sexual contact for at least 2 weeks after you finish your course of treatment to prevent the return of infection.
The best advice after having treatment for syphilis is to have another test, and wait until your result has come back as clear from infection before enjoying sexual activity again.
Remember – any recent sexual partners you’ve had will also be at risk. They should all be checked for infection. If you don’t feel comfortable telling them yourself, you can ask your local sexual health clinic to contact them instead.
If your results come back as negative, you shouldn’t have the syphilis infection, unless you’ve had unprotected sex less than 13 weeks before taking the test. This is because recent syphilis infections may show up on a test.
If you get a negative result after being potentially exposed to syphilis, you should get tested again 13 weeks after the incident to make sure that any recent syphilis infections are detected.
Either way, it’s important to still get regular STI tests and to practice safe sex all the time, to avoid infections in the future.
If your self-test kit comes back as positive for syphilis, you should go to your local GP or sexual health clinic to get treatment. You should also have a full test for all other STIs, which you can do with home test kits, or through your GP or a GUM clinic.