What’s the test for syphilis?

It’s a simple blood test. If you’re sexually active, you can make syphilis testing part of your routine, just like testing for HIV and other STDs. If you already have HIV and are sexually active, get tested regularly for syphilis and other STDs.

How often should I get tested for syphilis?

At least once a year if you’re sexually active. Public Health also recommends that you get tested for gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV (if you don’t already have it) at least once a year. If any of the following apply to you, you should get tested for syphilis every 3 months:

  • You have had chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis in the last year.
  • You used methamphetamine or poppers in the last year.
  • You had 10 or more sex partners (oral or anal) in the last year.
  • You’ve had anal sex without a condom with partners whose HIV status is different than yours or whose HIV status you do not know.

Where can I get tested?

If you think you might have syphilis, get tested at your local STD clinic or at your doctor.

Testing options in King County:

Your primary care provider or health maintenance organization (HMO).
Most private providers and HMOs provide testing and care. Cost varies.

Public Health STD Clinic
Harborview Medical Center
Ninth and Jefferson Building
908 Jefferson St, 11th Floor
Seattle, WA
Phone: 206-744-3590
M, W, Th, F 8:00am-4:30pm
T 9:30am-4:30pm

Registration opens at 7:45 am every day except for 2 Tuesdays per month. If planning to visit on a Tuesday, please call ahead to determine the clinic's opening time.
If you need to be seen later than 2:30 p.m. please call to make sure the clinic is still accepting patients for the day.  Learn more.

Gay City Health Project
517 East Pike
Seattle, WA
Phone: 206-860-6969
M–F 3:00pm-8:00pm
Sat 12:30-5:00pm
Appointments recommended.

For more information and other locations, call 206-263-2000 or click here.

If you are sexually active and you notice a sore, a rash, or changes in your vision.
(or any other syphilis symptoms)
Syphilis is curable.
And it’s easier to treat the earlier it’s caught!

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