Syphilis

The symptoms of Syphilis aren’t always obvious and may eventually disappear, but you’ll usually stay infected unless you get treated.

Some people with Syphilis have no symptoms.

Symptoms

Symptoms can include:

  • small, painless sores or ulcers that typically appear on the penis, vagina, or around the anus, but can occur in other places such as the mouth
  • a blotchy red rash that might affects the palms of the hands or soles of the feet
  • tiredness, headaches, joint pains, a high temperature (fever), and swollen glands in your neck, groin or armpits

Testing

The test for Syphilis usually involves a blood test and removing a sample of fluid from any sores using a swab (similar to a cotton bud).

You should get tested as soon as possible if you’re worried you could have Syphilis

Treatment

Syphilis is usually treated with an injection of antibiotics. Most people will only need one dose, although three injections given at weekly intervals may be recommended if you’ve had Syphilis for a long time, a course of antibiotics tablets if you can’t have the injection – this will usually last two or four weeks, depending on how long you’ve had Syphilis.

You should avoid any kind of sexual activity or close sexual contact with another person until at least two weeks after your treatment finishes.

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