How did this happen?

  • Syphilis is spread through unprotected sex – anal, oral and vaginal
  • Caused by bacteria

What are the symptoms?

  • First: a painless, ulcerated legion where infected (most likely on or near the genitals)
  • Second: flu-like symptoms, rash, patchy hair loss, and swollen lymph nodes

What can I do now?

  • Antibiotics are used to effectively treat syphilis
  • All current and past partners should be tested and must be treated to avoid re-infection
  • Avoid sex – anal, oral and vaginal – during treatment

If I ignore it, maybe it will go away?

  • No. If you notice any of the above symptoms, get tested
  • If left untreated, will advance to tertiary syphilis – affecting major body organs (skin, bones, spine, brain, heart)
  • Ultimately fatal if left untreated

How can I keep this from happening again?

  • Avoid unprotected sex; use condoms (latex, polyurethane) for intercourse and oral sex, as weel as dental dams or nonperforated plastic wrap as a barrier if performaing ora/vaginal or oral/anal sex.