Early treatment is essential
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria. Even though it is curable, if syphilis isn’t treated, it can cause serious damage to your brain, heart, nervous system, and even lead to death.
How do I get syphilis?
Syphilis can be passed on when infected lesions come in contact with the soft skin found inside the vagina, urethra or with an abrasion during vaginal, oral, and anal sex—even if there is no sexual penetration. It is most easily spread during the first (primary) stage because symptoms usually go unnoticed.
A person can also get syphilis if they are exposured to lesions or syphilitic “warts” during the secondary stage.
What does syphilis do to my body?
Syphilis affects the body in stages.
Is there a cure for syphilis?
Yes! Antibiotics can cure syphilis. Your health care provider can prescribe this.
How do I find out if I have syphilis?
You can get tested for syphilis at your health care provider’s office or a clinic. Syphilis can be found by blood tests or by testing fluid taken from lesions or swollen lymph nodes, which occur during primary or secondary syphilis. If you don’t have a health care provider, you can search for a place to get tested here.
Syphilis and pregnancy
If you think you are pregnant or may become pregnant it is very important to get tested for syphilis. Syphilis can be passed on by a pregnant person to their baby during pregnancy. Syphilis during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, or death shortly after birth. Infants born with syphilis can have lifelong health issues.