Syphilis: The Great Mimic
posted by Jess Wynn
on 12th January 2017

Syphilis is on the increase across Yorkshire so it's important that you get clued up. Here's everything you need to know about the causes, symptoms, treatments and getting tested.

Where can I get tested?

To find out where and when you can access Syphilis testing in Leeds, click here for the Leeds Sexual Health Clinic timetable. There are both walk-in sessions and appointments available throughout the week. 

Alternatively, you can download the clinic timetable by clicking here

You can book an appointment by calling 0113 392 0333. You can also book an appointment online by clicking here


To find out where and when you can access Syphilis testing in York, click here for the Yorsexualhealth clinic timetable. There are both walk-in sessions and appointments available throughout the week. 

If you would like more information or if you would like to book an appointment, please call the central booking and information line on 01904 721111. 

If you live in York you can also order a 4-in-1 STI testing kit to do in the comfort of your own home. These kits test for Syphilis, as well as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and HIV. You just need to collect your samples (a throat swab, a bum or vaginal swab, a blood sample and a urine sample), send them off in the post and then you'll get your results back by text. Click here for more information and to order a kit. 


To find out where and when you can access Syphilis testing in North Yorkshire, click here for the Yorsexualhealth clinic timetable. There are both walk-in sessions and appointments available throughout the week. 

If you would like more information or if you would like to book an appointment, please call the central booking and information line on 01904 721111. 

If you live in North Yorkshire you can also order a 4-in-1 STI testing kit to do in the comfort of your own home. These kits test for Syphilis, as well as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and HIV. You just need to collect your samples (a throat swab, a bum or vaginal swab, a blood sample and a urine sample), send them off in the post and then you'll get your results back by text. Click here for more information and to order a kit. 


Click here to view the clinic timetable and locations for the sexual health service in Bradford. There are walk-in sessions and appointments available throughout the week. 

Please call 030 3330 9500 if you need more information, or to book an appointment. This line is open for appointment bookings Monday-Friday between 8:30am-4:30pm.

More information about Bradford Sexual Health can be found by clicking here


Spectrum Sexual Health Wakefield is open at the following times:

Monday: Walk in clinic 8.15am - 12pm
Appointments only 2pm - 7pm
Tuesday: Walk-in clinic 8.15am - 12pm
Walk in / Youth advice 3.30pm – 6.00 pm
Wednesday: Walk-in clinic 8.15am - 12pm
Appointments only 2pm - 7pm
Thursday: Walk-in clinic 8.15am - 12pm
Appointments only 2pm - 7pm
Friday: Walk-in clinic 8.15am - 12pm
Appointments only 2pm - 4.30pm
Saturday: Appointments only 9am - 12pm

The clinic address is Trinity Walk Clinic, Unit LG1A, Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, Wakefield, WF1 1QS. 

For more information and to book an appointment, call 01924 327586.

Click here to find out more about sexual health services in Wakefield. 


Yorkshire MESMAC

Yorkshire MESMAC offers free, fast and confidential Syphilis testing. 

The drop-in sessions at our Hull office (Suite 1 Freetown Court, 15 Freetown Way, Hull, HU2 8JQ) are at the following times: 

Tuesdays: 10am-1pm

Wednesdays: 1pm-4pm

Thursdays: 4pm-7pm

If you are unable to attend a drop in session but would like to make an appointment then please call us on 01482 291190 or 07818 051838. 

We also offer drop-in sessions at different venues across the city: 

Club 69 gay/bi sauna, 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of the month, 3pm-7pm

The Star pub, 1st Wednesday of the month, 10pm-12am

Propaganda Bar, 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:30pm-11:30pm

Savile Row Cafe Bar, last Monday of the month, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Hull University, Wednesday, 1pm-5pm

The Octagon, 2nd Thursday of the month, 1pm-3pm

The Crossings (hostel), every 2 weeks (starting the 2nd Monday of the month), 2pm-4pm

This service is for those aged 20 and over and living in Hull HU1-HU9. We will take a finger prick of your blood for the test and it only takes one minute to get your results. The window period for this test is 6 weeks, so it might not detect a recent infection. 


Conifer Sexual Health

Please click here to view clinic locations and timetables for Hull and East Riding. 

For more information about sexual health services in Hull and East Riding, click here.

Please call 01482 247111 for advice, or to book an appointment. 


Trihealth Doncaster Sexual Health Service

There are two sexual health clinics in Doncaster, both of which offer Syphilis testing. 

The first is at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Armthorpe Road, Doncaster, DN2 5LT

The clinic opening times are as follows:

Monday: 9.00am – 7.00pm

Tuesday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Wednesday: 1.00pm – 7pm

Thursday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday: 9.00am – 12.45pm

There are both drop-ins and appointments available. For more information, or to book an appointment please call 01302 553111. 


The second is at East Laith Gate House, East Laith Gate, Doncaster, DN1 1JE. 

The clinic opening times are as follows:

Monday: 9.00am – 6.30pm

Tuesday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Wednesday: 1.00pm – 6.30pm

Thursday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday: 9.00am – 12.45pm

There are both drop-ins and appointments available. For more information, or to book an appointment please call 01302 640040.



Project3 Young Persons Health and Wellbeing Service

This service is for young people ages 18 years and under. The clinic takes place at East Laith Gate House, East Laith Gate, Doncaster, DN1 1JE. 

Opening times are as follows:

Monday: 11:00am-6:00pm

Tuesday-Thursday: 11:00am-5:00pm

Friday: 11:00am-4:30pm

Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm

There are both drop-ins and appointments available. For more information, or to book an appointment please call 01302 640032.


You can find out more about sexual health services in Doncaster by clicking here.


Click here to view the sexual health clinic and community testing site opening times in Rotherham. 

The sexual health clinic hospital site is at Rotherham Hospital, Moorgate Road, Rotherham, S60 2UD. Call 01709 427777 for information and appointments. 

The community site is at Rotherham Community Health Centre, Greasbrough Road, Rotherham, S60 1RY. Call 01709 423129 for more information. 

Click here to find out more about sexual health services in Rotherham. 


Click here to view the Sexual Health Sheffield clinic opening times and locations. There are appointments, walk-ins and youth clinics on offer throughout the week. 

For further information, or to book an appointment please call 0114 226 8888.

Click here for more information about sexual health services in Sheffield. 


The Calderdale Sexual Health clinic opening times are as follows:

Monday
9.00 - 1.30 pm - Queue and Wait
3.00 - 5.00 pm - Under 19's Queue and Wait
3.30 - 5.00 pm - Booked Appointments
5.30 - 6.30 pm - Queue and Wait

Tuesday
10.30 - 1.30 pm - Queue and Wait
1.00 - 4.00 pm - Booked Appointments

Wednesday
9.00 - 1.30 pm - Queue and Wait
3.30 - 6.30 pm - Booked Appointments

Thursday
9.00 - 1.30 pm - Queue and Wait 
1.00 - 4.30 pm - Booked appointments

Friday 
9.00 - 12.30 pm - Queue and Wait
1.00 – 2.00pm Booked appointments

Saturday 
10.15 - 1.15 pm - Emergency Queue and Wait

The clinic address is 51 Northgate Plaza, Broad Street, Halifax, HX1 1UB.

For more information and to book an appointment, please call 01422 261370

Click here to find out more about Calderdale sexual health services. 


Click here to view the clinic timetable for the sexual health service in Kirklees. There are walk in sessions and appointments available throughout the week. 

Click here to find your nearest clinic. Please call 030 3330 9981 if you need more information, or to book an appointment. 

More information about Kirklees Sexual Health can be found by clicking here


Spectrum Sexual Health Barnsley is open at the following times:

Monday-Thursday: 8:15 - 11:30 Walk-in and wait 
13:30 - 16:00 Appointment only 
15:00 - 17:30 Youth drop-in (up to 19 years) 
Friday: 8:15 - 11:30 Walk-in and wait 
13:30 - 16:00 Appointment only
Saturday: 10:00 - 13:00 Appointment only

The clinic address is Unit 1 Gateway Plaza, Sackville Street, Barnsley, S70 2RD. 

For more information and to book an appointment, call 0800 0556442.

Click here to find out more about sexual health services in Barnsley. 


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