The Better2Know Instant Syphilis test is a highly accurate rapid test for the Treponema pallidum bacteria. Syphilis is a common sexually transmitted infection, which can lead to severe health complications if left untreated. Our Instant Syphilis test gets you results for this important infection in around just 10 minutes.

Where can I have this test?

The Better2Know Instant Syphilis test is available in:

You can choose any combination of Instant tests to relieve your specific sexual health concerns.


How long do results take?

The test takes around 10 minutes to run.

What samples are required?

The sample required is just a few drops of blood from a finger prick.

When can I have this test?

For your Instant Syphilis test to be accurate, you should wait at least 9 days from when you think you might have been exposed to infection until the day you test. This period of time is required to ensure that any infection has developed sufficiently so as to become reliably detectable.

Can both men and women have this test?

Yes, both men and women can have this test.

What happens if the test is reactive?

If your Instant Syphilis test is positive, we will take a second venous blood sample from your arm and send this to our laboratory for analysis. This follows good medical practice and will allow us to find out whether this is a current or past infection which may have already been successfully treated.

If our laboratory test shows a current infection, we will write you a private prescription for antibiotics to treat the infection.

Why should I get tested for Syphilis?

Studies suggest that rates of infection across the South African population range anywhere from 5% to 15%. This very high incidence means that anyone who is sexually active should strongly consider getting tested. It is important to diagnose a Syphilis infection quickly. Leaving the infection untreated will lead to severe health problems and can result in severe neurological complications and, ultimately, death.

How can I book?

Simply call our friendly Cape Town booking team on the number above in the green box. They are available 24/7, or you can book online by clicking Book Now.