What to Do If You Think You Have Syphilis
Sexual activity is primarily how syphilis is transmitted. Practice abstinence or complete avoidance of sex if you think that you or your partner has syphilis. Avoid having sex with a partner if either of you present symptoms.
Syphilis can present as symptomatic, meaning you have sores present, or asymptomatic depending on the stage of your condition. If you have had sexual intercourse with someone you think might have syphilis, you may undergo screening to check if you are positive. This way, you can receive treatment before symptoms even appear. This may prevent further development of the disease, and prevent further transmission to other people. Healthcare professionals recommend that high risk individuals undergo screening to catch the infection early. This includes people who have multiple sexual partners and partake in unprotected sex.
Syphilis is a highly transmissible disease, especially during its primary and secondary stages. Although the likelihood of transmission during the latent stage is lower, there is still a chance of transmission. Understanding how syphilis spreads can help prevent infection.
How is syphilis transmitted? Syphilis primarily spreads through sexual intercourse without protection, whether it be oral, anal, or vaginal sex. Syphilis may also spread through the placenta to the fetus of a pregnant mother who is positive for syphilis. It may also spread through sharing needles or workplace accidents in the hospital that involve needlepricks.
Undergo screening for syphilis if you have had unprotected sex outside of a monogamous relationship.
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