Syphilis CAN be cured, using antibiotics. If you leave syphilis untreated for years and years – it can still be cured, but not all complications can be reversed.
Whilst that would be great, unfortunately it’s just not true. The best way to minimise your risk of catching syphilis again is by using condoms during anal and vaginal sex and dental dams during oral sex.
The symptoms of syphilis are often mistaken for something else, including other sexually transmitted infections. Symptoms also come and go. The only way to know if you have syphilis is to visit a sexual health clinic and get tested.
You can get syphilis from unprotected oral sex, so use a dental dam to reduce your risk.
Syphilis enters a latent stage where no symptoms may occur for a long period of time, but this is dangerous. It’s important if you’ve had any symptoms (whether they’ve gone or not) to get tested.
Syphilis is on the rise. Both males and females who are sexually active are at risk of catching syphilis.
The treatment for syphilis in pregnant women is completely safe. If left untreated, there will be serious complications for the baby. If you’re worried about the treatment, talk to your nurse or doctor.