The only way to know if you have syphilis is to get tested for it. The most common syphilis test involves having a small amount of blood drawn from your veins. There is also a rapid syphilis test, which involves having your finger pricked and using a small drop of blood to process the test. However, rapid syphilis testing is not yet available in most parts of Oregon. 


Don’t assume your medical care provider has tested you for syphilis, even if you have been tested for other STIs. Testing for other STIs often involves giving a urine sample or having your vagina or rectum swabbed. These methods do not work for syphilis testing; a blood sample must be collected and a syphilis test must be requested. If you are interested in testing for syphilis, talk with your health care provider about your risks, whether a syphilis test might be right for you, and whether you should be tested on a regular basis. 


You can also contact your local health department or other providers, or call the CDC National Info Line at 800-CDC-INFO to talk about syphilis testing.