Syphilis is coming back again. Especially in adolescents, caused by having sex without using condoms to prevent infection. In addition, it can be transmitted by blood ,secretions of the body and may also be transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy or at birth, resulting in congenital syphilis. From the summary report of the 2017 annual disease surveillance of the Department of Disease Control The Bureau of Epidemiology found that the rate of syphilis infection increased from 2.16 people per hundred thousand people in 2009 to 9 people per hundred thousand people in 2017. Syphilis is caused by the spirochete Treponema pallidum
Syphilis is divided into 4 stages (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary)
Primary syphilis ,generally has a sore or sores at the original site of infection and no pain. After 3-8 weeks, the symptoms will disappear on their own
Secondary syphilis, fever, body rash usually found in the hands and foots. After 4-12 weeks the symptoms will disappear on their own
Latent syphilis, may not have any symptoms for many years. People with untreated syphilis may develop tertiary syphilis.
Tertiary syphilis ,the last stage, syphilis will affect many different organ systems (heart, blood vessels ,brain, nervous system)
Syphilis has an incubation period of 2 - 4 weeks - 3 months. Currently, many people are infected but still not aware of it. Because the symptoms have not yet been shown and never examined screening test for syphilis causing the infection to spread without knowing and not using condoms during sexual intercourse to protect themselves especially for adolescents causing this disease to come back again
Syphilis can be cured by injection drugs or taking medications as prescribed by the doctor, but if left untreated until latent and tertiary stage, the treatment will be more difficult and may be die
N Health is ready to provide services screening and diagnostic test for Syphilis according to the following list
*This operation schedule is for the test performed at N Health head quarter, Bangkok .
**Above turnaround time does not include logistic time. For BDMS network hospitals, please contact N Health laboratory located at your hospitals .