Syphilis - kypf: Sexual Health Advice

Saturday, July 28, 2018


What is it?

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is usually passed on through unprotected sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral or oral) and can be passed on to an unborn child if the mother is infected. In some rare cases, it can be caught through injecting drugs.

What are the Symptoms / Causes?

The symptoms can be mild and you may not even realise you have it which means it could easily be passed on without your knowledge.

Syphilis can develop in 3 stages

1st stage – A single painless sore or multiple sores on or around the vagina or penis but sometimes in the mouth or anus.

2nd stage – A skin rash and flu-like symptoms, such as fever and achiness could develop.

3rd stage – The dangerous stage, could cause serious damage to the body.

If left untreated, syphilis can cause major heart problems, paralysis or dementia.

How do I get tested?

If you think you may have Syphilis or you have had sexual contact with someone who thinks they may have it, contact your doctor or your local GUM clinic. Click here to find a service local to you.

Primary and secondary syphilis can be successfully treated with a single dose of penicillin (which is given as an injection into your buttock). If you are allergic to penicillin, you will be offered another form of antibiotic.

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