Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that’s usually caught by having sex with someone who’s infected.

It can usually be cured with a short course of antibiotics.

You can catch syphilis more than once, even if you have been treated for it before.

Symptoms of syphilis

The symptoms of syphilis are not always obvious and may eventually disappear, but you’ll usually remain infected unless you get treated. Some people with syphilis have no symptoms.

Symptoms can include:

• small, painless sores or ulcers that typically appear on the penis, vagina, or around the anus, but can occur in other places such as the mouth
• a blotchy red rash that often affects the palms of the hands or soles of the feet
• small skin growths may develop on the vulva in women or around the bottom in both men and women
• white patches in the mouth
• tiredness, headaches, joint pain, a high temperature (fever) and swollen glands your neck, groin or armpits

If it’s left untreated for years, syphilis can spread to the brain or other parts of the body and cause serious long-term problems.
Treatments of syphilis.

Syphilis is usually treated with either :

• an injection of antibiotics into your buttocks – most people will only need 1 dose, although 3 injections given at weekly intervals may be recommended if you have had syphilis for a long time
• a course of antibiotics tablets if you cannot have the injection – this will usually last 2 or 4 weeks, depending on how long you have had syphilis

You should avoid any kind of sexual activity or close sexual contact with another person until at least 2 weeks after your treatment finishes.

 

Syphilis

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that’s usually caught by having sex with someone who’s infected.

It can usually be cured with a short course of antibiotics.

You can catch syphilis more than once, even if you have been treated for it before.

Symptoms of syphilis

The symptoms of syphilis are not always obvious and may eventually disappear, but you’ll usually remain infected unless you get treated. Some people with syphilis have no symptoms.

Symptoms can include:

• small, painless sores or ulcers that typically appear on the penis, vagina, or around the anus, but can occur in other places such as the mouth
• a blotchy red rash that often affects the palms of the hands or soles of the feet
• small skin growths may develop on the vulva in women or around the bottom in both men and women
• white patches in the mouth
• tiredness, headaches, joint pain, a high temperature (fever) and swollen glands your neck, groin or armpits

If it’s left untreated for years, syphilis can spread to the brain or other parts of the body and cause serious long-term problems.
Treatments of syphilis.

Syphilis is usually treated with either :

• an injection of antibiotics into your buttocks – most people will only need 1 dose, although 3 injections given at weekly intervals may be recommended if you have had syphilis for a long time
• a course of antibiotics tablets if you cannot have the injection – this will usually last 2 or 4 weeks, depending on how long you have had syphilis

You should avoid any kind of sexual activity or close sexual contact with another person until at least 2 weeks after your treatment finishes.

 

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