Infections

Syphilis

What is Syphilis?

It is a bacterial infection.

How is Syphilis spread?

You can get syphilis through direct contact with a syphilis core during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. These sores can be found on the penis, vagina, and anus, in the rectum or on the lips and in the mouth. Syphilis can also be spread from an infected mother to her unborn baby.

What are the Symptoms of Syphilis?

Primary syphilis presents as an ulcer [chancre]. These sores are usually painless, round and firm. They can be single or multiple sores where syphilis has entered the body, 9-90 days after exposure.

Secondary syphilis is within the first 2 years on infection and you may have a rash on your hands or soles of your feet. Other symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Sore throat
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Headaches
  • Weight loss
  • fatigue

Late stage symptoms include:

  • difficulty in coordinating your muscles,
  • numbness
  • dementia
  • angina
  • blindness

How is Syphilis tested?

A finger prick blood sample.

Is there a treatment to cure Syphilis ?

Yes, syphilis can be cured with the right antibiotics