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Test for Syphilis

Sanquin has been testing all blood donations for Syphilis for decades. It was the first disease donor blood was tested for.

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria (Treponema Pallidum). Syphilis is transmissible via blood. Without treatment, Syphilis can affect the spinal cord and brain.

There is no vaccine against Syphilis, but the disease can be treated well with antibiotics. Furthermore, most untreated patients are cured without treatment.

Some of these people do continue to carry the disease.