Syphilis

Some people mistakenly think of Syphilis as a disease of the past, but it is not. In fact, the number of cases currently being diagnosed in Australia is on the rise. Syphilis was a very serious problem until an effective treatment, Penicillin, was developed in the 1940s, but it is still a serious concern today.

Syphilis develops in stages. The first two stages, which involve sores and a rash, will resolve themselves and can go unnoticed, but the infection will still be present and will continue to develop. If left untreated Syphilis can become an extremely serious condition that can affect the heart, brain, spinal cord and nerves potentially causing paralysis, blindness, dementia, deafness and as the history books should have taught you it can even result in death.

Ok this one involves a needle, but that is nothing compared to what can happen if you have been infected by Syphilis and leave it untreated. A blood test will show whether a person has the antibodies produced in response to the presence of the infection. Your Stigma Health Pathology Referral will allow you to have a blood test performed at the Pathology centre of your choice.

Today we still treat Syphilis with Penicillin, but unfortunately you’ll need to be injected with it for the treatment to be effective. Usually, this is done only once a week over three weeks. If you are allergic to Penicillin don’t despair, effective alternatives are available.their site either with your name or anonymously.
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Is Stigma Health legal?

Absolutely. The process may seem new and different to how you usually go about medical tests, but we are in full compliance with Australian law and Medical Board of Australia Guidelines for Technology-based Patient Consultations.

Why Should I get tested with Stigma Health instead of going to my GP?

Convenience, pure and simple. If you want to skip the trip to the GP, then the Pathology Centre then the one back to your GP for the results then we’re your solution!
If you get tested with us we deliver your Pathology Referral online and you only have to make the one trip to the Pathology Centre and that’s it, your results are delivered to you safely, securely and privately directly to your mobile phone.
Not to mention we’re saving you the awkward conversation!

Can I get an STI Test through Stigma Health?

You can currently undergo a convenient and private STI test through us if you are in Australia and are over 16 years of age. Fit the criteria? Let’s get started.
If you are under 16 then we, unfortunately, cannot provide you with a Pathology Referral to get an STI test. We urge you to visit a doctor to arrange a test ASAP. Alternately you can visit an STI clinic or hospital clinic to get an STI test. If you want to talk to someone prior to doing so you will find the details for several Sexual Health info lines operating across Australia in our Resources section.

Who is Stigma Health?

We are an online healthcare service that aims to make your life more convenient by eliminating the barriers like embarrassment and inconvenience, which often prevent people from undergoing simple medical tests. We started with STIs because they are a serious problem in Australia and are for the most part easily tested for and treated, but we will be expanding our service offering soon so stay tuned!