What is it?
Syphillis is caused by a bacteria. Left untreated, it can have serious impact on your health.
How to Prevent It
Use condoms for anal and oral sex.
How You Could Get It
Transmission usually happens when bacteria are spread through contact during:
Syphilis has three stages with different symptoms.
Primary: Symptoms appear 10-90 days after exposure:
Some people do not notice any symptoms.
A painless sore, called a chancre, may appear on/around the penis or anus. These sores can make it easier to transmit HIV and other STDs.
The sore will likely disappear in 2-6 weeks and the area around the sore may remain tender or swollen.
Secondary: If left untreated, the following symptoms may appear a few weeks after the sore heals:
Rash on the body including on the palms or the hands and soles of the feet
Growths around the penis or anus that look like genital warts
Tertiary: If left untreated, the symptoms may disappear for several years but then serious issues with your heart, brain, and nervous system may happen.
Ocular Syphilis can happen during any stage. This type of Syphilis may seriously impact the eye and even lead to blindness.
A medical provider makes a diagnosis using a blood test and an exam.
Antibiotics are prescribed in the form of a shot or pills.
Treatment does not give immunity. You can get Syphilis again after successful treatment.
When You Can Have Sex Again
Wait at least a week after finishing treatment. Talk to your medical provider for precise guidance for you. It is important to get re-tested to make sure the treatment was completely effective.
Syphilis rates among MSM have continued to increase dramatically. There have been several outbreaks of Ocular Syphilis among MSM in the United States in the last several years.
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