Yes, but like other STDs, syphilis symptoms can go
unnoticed. Early on, skin sores can show up on
the penis, vagina, anus, or in the mouth. These sores usually aren't painful
and sometimes aren’t noticed. These sores usually aren't painful and sometimes aren’t
noticed. The sore will go away on it’s own and then a rash
develops most notably on the palms and feet. Left untreated or unnoticed, advanced
syphilis can cause serious problems including brain
damage, paralysis, blindness, and death.
How do you get syphilis?
Syphilis is spread through direct contact with syphilis sores during anal, genital or
oral sex. How can it be prevented? Abstaining from
sex at all is the only way to be 100% safe from STDs.If you are sexually active, use a condom every time
you have anal, genital or oral sex.
How do I get tested for syphilis?
The Rapid Plasma Reagin Test (RPR) is a simple
blood test that looks for antibodies the body makes to fight the syphilis infection. It
can take 4 to 6 weeks after infection for antibodies to be detected. It's also important
to know that if you've had syphilis in the past and were treated, the test may still be
positive. If the RPR is positive, a confirmatory test is automatically done. Always keep
a copy of your health records to show your doctor if you test positive again as the doctor
will need to compare the 2 tests to determine if you have a new or previously treated
Is there a treatment or a cure for syphilis?
Yes. Syphilis can be cured with antibiotics.
Your partner must be tested for syphilis before you can have sexual contact again or you
may get re-infected after you’ve been cured.
What if I don't get treated for syphilis?
In both men and women, syphilis can be silent for years. If left untreated, syphilis
can lead to serious health problems and possibly death. For pregnant women, untreated
syphilis can cause a miscarriage or the baby can
be born with the disease. Congenital syphilis,
or syphilis passed from mother to baby, is a very serious, life-threatening infection if
left untreated. It’s very important for sexually active persons to get tested.