What is it?

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is usually passed on through having sex with someone who is infected.

What are the symptoms?

There are three stages of the disease:

Stage 1 – Infectious sores on the genitals or sometimes around the mouth that last two to six weeks before disappearing.

Stage 2 – Skin rash and sore throat. These symptoms may disappear within a few weeks, after which you will have a phase with no symptoms, which can last for years.

Stage 3 – If left untreated for a long time syphilis can lead to heart, joint and nervous system damage. It can also cause miscarriages, premature births and stillbirths.

How do I get tested?

You can visit any one of our centres across Walsall.  Syphilis is diagnosed by a simple blood test.

Is there any treatment?

Once diagnosed, Stage 1 and 2 syphilis can be treated with free antibiotics.

How can I prevent it?

You can protect yourself from syphilis by using a condom every time you have vaginal, anal or oral sex.

If you would like to know more about syphilis, visit the NHS Choices website.

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