VDRL & TPHA?
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VDRL and TPHA are blood tests performed to detect syphilis. If you look at your reactive test results, then it is possible that you have syphilis. However, this should be confirmed again with the doctor who examined you, because the diagnosis of a disease can only be enforced by considering the results of interviews, physical examinations, and comprehensive supporting examinations, not limited to just blood tests.
Syphilis itself is a type of sexually transmitted infection which causes the bacteria Treponema pallidum. These bacteria can be transmitted other than through sexual intercourse (vaginal, anal, or oral), it can also be through the use of non-sterile needles (for example in drug users, tattoo or body piercing perpetrators) or vertically from pregnant women to the fetus.
Symptoms that arise due to syphilis can vary depending on the stage. In general, here are the divisions:
Primary syphilis; characterized by the presence of painless genital or mouth sores, resembling insect bites, can last for weeks to heal and does not leave secondary syphilis; characterized by a rash on the hands and feet that resembles a coin, and other symptoms, such as fever, sore throat, warts, etc. Latent syphilis; marked by an improvement in the above symptoms, as if the patient has recovered from tertiary syphilis; can cause multi-organ damage which can even be fatal. As mentioned above, consult your examination results again with a dermatologist and genitalia specialist so that the best treatment can be given according to your disease condition. If it is true that you have syphilis, your doctor will generally prescribe antibiotics and several other drugs to deal with any complaints that arise.
Sexually transmitted infections, including syphilis, are highly preventable diseases. Therefore, you need to be more careful, especially in sexual intercourse. Avoid all forms of risky sex, from changing partners, having sex with people with no clear sexual history, and not using condoms. Also avoid using unsterile needles and always live a healthy lifestyle.
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dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah