What is syphilis?

  • Primarily transmitted through direct contact with the sores or rash of an infected person. It may also be spread through direct contact between the mucous membranes of the mouth, genitals or anus.
  • Initially, this infection may produce a painless sore in the mouth or genitals.
  • Skin rash, patchy loss of hair, feeling generally unwell or moist lumps around the genitals and anus may develop later.
  • If not treated, these symptoms may disappear and can recur within the next 2 years.
  • It can be passed to a baby during pregnancy.
  • Diagnosed by symptoms and a blood test.
  • Treated with an antibiotic injection.

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