The Tpha test aids in the detection of syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection caused by Treponema pallidum bacterium. It also helps in monitoring the treatment of those already diagnosed with syphilis.
Syphilis progresses via numerous stages:
The primary stage of syphilis appears after 2-3 weeks of infection and is characterized by one or more painless chancres. It may go undetected since it is painless. Primary syphilis can proceed to secondary syphilis 6 weeks to 6 months after the chancre emerges if the infected individual is not treated. Its symptoms include non-itchy skin rash, fever, weariness, enlarged lymph nodes, sore throat, and body pains as symptoms. If untreated, secondary syphilis can proceed to the late or tertiary stage. The bacteria can harm the heart, eyes, brain, central nervous system (Neurosyphilis), bones, joints, and nearly every other organ in the body.