Treponema Pallidum

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Treponema Pallidum is a bacterium that is a common Sexually Transmitted Infection. Treponema pallidum is a thin, spiral-shaped bacterium that is difficult to visualize with a light microscope. It is transmitted through direct contact with a syphilis sore or through transmission from mother to child during pregnancy.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), syphilis is a major global health problem, with an estimated 12 million new cases occurring each year. The majority of cases occur in low- and middle-income countries. The WHO estimates that in 2017, there were 6.3 million new cases of syphilis among adults aged 15-49 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the United States, the rate of syphilis cases has increased in recent years, with a total of 35,063 cases reported in 2020. This represents a 19% increase from the previous year.

At Solaris Diagnostics, we can test for Treponema pallidum by using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Solaris Diagnostics Laboratories offer an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) Panel that tests multiple infections, Results are usually received within 24hrs the specimen being received.


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