- Getting tested for syphilis is the only way to know if you have it. Getting tested is the first step to getting cured!
- Syphilis is curable, but it can cause serious harm if it is not treated. If you are pregnant, it can cause serious harm to babies. This is called congenital syphilis.
- Having syphilis increases the risk of becoming infected with and passing on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). For more information about HIV, click here.
Testing for syphilis requires a blood sample or swab of the infected area. Testing is free and confidential.
Syphilis can be cured with an injection of antibiotics.
What are the symptoms?
- The symptoms of syphilis are often invisible. Even if a person doesn’t have any symptoms, the infection can still be passed to others. Each stage has different possible symptoms.