- Engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners
- Knowingly having sex with an infected partner
- Having unprotected sex with other men
- Using illicit IV drugs
In the hospital setting, accidentally pricking your finger with an infected needle can increase the likelihood that you have contracted the infection.
Pregnant patients may also undergo screening for syphilis early on in their pregnancy, or before they become pregnant.
It is important to undergo screening for syphilis prevention.
Since syphilis spreads via direct contact with the syphilis sore, safe sex practices are important in syphilis prevention. Use condoms and limit sexual partners. Avoid having sex if you display symptoms, or believe you may have syphilis.
Apply for syphilis testing if you believe you might have it, even if you are asymptomatic.
Pregnant women should test for syphilis in order to prevent the vertical transmission of syphilis.
In the healthcare setting, report accidents with needle pricks and those injured should undergo screening for syphilis.
Learn more about Syphilis here.