Syphilis Prevention

How do I avoid getting syphilis?
The best way to stop the spread of syphilis is to get educated, get tested and if your test is positive get treated. Here are some tips to prevent syphilis infection:

  1. Plan ahead.
  2. Protect yourself.
  3. If you're thinking of having sex with a new partner:
Become educated! Only you can be fully responsible for your health. Learn about STD's like syphilis. Help educate your sexual partners and friends about this serious health threat to our community!

Use a latex condom when you have anal sex. This can protect you when the condom covers up the sores caused by syphilis. Condoms also protect against HIV.

You can also use a condom when you have oral sex to provide protection. There are flavored and dry (non-lubricated) condoms available for oral sex.

Get regularly tested for syphilis if you have sex with other men. Talk to your doctor about your sex life and how often you should be tested for syphilis (and other STDs). Even if you’ve had syphilis once you can get it again.

If someone you had sex with in the last 3 months tells you they have syphilis, get tested. Even if the test is negative for syphilis, you should be treated – you might be infected but the syphilis has yet to show up in the test.

What can I do if I have syphilis?
You and your sex partner(s) must be examined and treated. If partners are not treated, they can give the infection back to you, or infect others. You will no longer be contagious once treatment is completed but it is possible to contract syphilis again. Having syphilis does not give you immunity from getting syphilis again.

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