Syphilis Blood Test (RPR)

The Syphilis Blood Test (RPR) is a rapid plasma reagin blood test that is used to screen for a current syphilis infection. It detects antibodies that your body produces when fighting a syphilis infection


Why test for syphilis?

Common reasons for this blood test are:

  • Your doctor has recommended it if you are experiencing symptoms of syphilis
  • You have had unprotected sex with someone infected with syphilis
  • You are pregnant and your doctor has recommended it
  • You are a man who has sex with men and want to regularly screen for syphilis.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can be fatal if left untreated and is often symptomless in the early stages. Early detection and treatment can cure it completely.

Your blood test

Our phlebotomy-trained professionals will take a blood sample from you. This sample will be analysed in the UK by our authorised partners, TDL. By booking this blood test, you agree for us to share your personal information with TDL in order to process your test. We’ll make sure you consent to this at your appointment too.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, we will send you the results and recommend that you share these with your GP or fertility provider.

It is not unusual for some bleeding to occur under the skin following your blood test and sometimes this can extend a little further around the puncture site.  If this causes you concern, check with your practice nurse. 

Sometimes we cannot get a blood sample from you. This can be for many reasons, such as not being hydrated enough, feeling cold or having another blood test recently. We will always offer you another appointment so we can try again.

Visit our FAQs page for any further questions you may have.