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Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
Generally speaking, syphilis is a disease that is easy to diagnose. When a chancre is present in the initial stage, a microscopic evaluation of secretions swabbed from the surface of the lesion will permit your physician to observe the presence of the treponema pallidum microbe. In its more advanced stages, and during the latent phase, a simple blood test (called the VDRL) will permit confirmation of infection. Occasionally blood tests may be difficult to interpret, and additional blood tests will be undertaken, when appropriate.
In the current climate, we strongly recommend vigilance!