Syphilis can be difficult to diagnose as it can masquerade as any disease. If you have symptoms of syphilis or any sexually transmitted disease, visit a doctor as soon as possible. Treatment of syphilis in its early stages can cure it completely and the chances of serious complications decrease as well.
History and Examination: Your doctor will ask you about the symptoms, when they appeared, your sexual history, use of condoms and if your sexual partners show any similar symptoms. During examination the doctor will check your genitals for sores (in men the penis, foreskin and urethra will be examined and in women the doctor will do an internal examination of the vagina). The mouth and anus of both men and women may be examined.
Tests: After the examination, a blood test for syphilis will be done. Besides this you may be tested for other sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
Other Sexually transmitted infections (STDs): Your doctor will do tests for the presence of other STDs such as HIV, chlamydia and gonorrhoea, as it is possible that you may have more than one STD at a time.
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