How do I treat syphilis?

Syphilis can be treated with antibiotic injections; the duration of treatment depends on the stage of the infection. The sooner you seek treatment for syphilis the better. Treatment is also recommended if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive to syphilis.

How do I prevent catching syphilis?

Condoms offer you the best protection against contracting syphilis but only apply to the area covering the infected sites. Other tips to protect yourself from contracting syphilis include avoiding contact with any sore or rash on your sexual partner(s).

What are the symptoms of syphilis?

Syphilis begins with a single, painless clear ulcer (sometimes called a 'chancre') on the genitals and usually appears a few weeks after infection. This will eventually heal but the infection remains. This may cause swelling in the groin, a rash on the body and flu-like symptoms in the following months. As with many other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) there may be no symptoms of syphilis.

What is syphilis?

Syphilis is caused by a bacterial infection and can be treated with an injection of antibiotics. Technically syphilis has varying infectious and non-infectious stages. The best way to protect yourself from syphilis (and an unplanned pregnancy) is to always use a condom when having vaginal, anal or oral sex. If left untreated syphilis can result in very serious complications (including damage to the heart, brain and spinal cord). For this reason it is important to have regular sexual health checks at your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic.