Syphilis

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis can start as an ulcer somewhere on the skin or on the lining of the genital area. It is an infection that can, in its late stages, cause damage to the heart, brain and spinal cord.

How do you get Syphilis?

You can get syphilis through unprotected (no condom) vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has the infection. It is also spread by close contact. It can be spread from mother to baby through the placenta during pregnancy.

How do you know you have Syphilis?

A painless ulcer, called a chancre, usually on the genitals. In its second stage a rash and maybe other symptoms. Click here for images of Syphilis.

Can you treat Syphilis? 

Syphilis is treated with antibiotics.

Will my partner/s be affected? 

Partners must be tested and treated. The best advice is not to have sex until both you and your partner/s have had treatment.