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How Do I Prevent Syphilis?

Syphilis can be prevented with safer sex practices, such as using condoms if you do not know your partner(s) STI status. The only way to fully prevent syphilis is to avoid contact with infected skin or membranes of those who carry the disease. Discuss with your partner(s) about the possible risks and make sure to have regular testing for STIs. Syphilis is treatable, so it is important to get tested if you feel you may be infected.

Symptoms & Treatment

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that will spread through sexual contact. It will mostly start with a sore that is not painful, usually located on your mouth, rectum, or genitals. The disease can spread from person to person through contact with infected skin or mucous membranes of external sex organs, the vaginal area, the anus, inside the rectum, or in the mouth.

Infections can be cured easily if caught early, but if left untreated, it can lie dormant in your body for a long time causing severe problems to your organs. Certain groups are more at risk of contracting syphilis, such as those who engage in sex without condoms, have multiple sex partners, or currently have another STI or HIV.

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