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Symptoms of Syphilis

Gay Men and Syphilis


Untreated, syphilis, a bacteria, can cause brain, heart and nervous system damage, paralysis, blindness and can eventually lead to death. However, in most cases syphilis can be cured with antibiotics!

Prevention is key to this harmful disease. It can be passed on through contact with blood or other bodily fluids. Practicing safe sex, including the use of condoms, can reduce the risk of contraction.

See a certified medical professional if you believe you have syphilis. And remember, in most cases Syphilis can be cured by antibiotics!

Facts About Syphilis:

What are the symptoms of syphilis?
  • Painless sores on the penis, mouth or anus
  • Rash on the body
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Sometimes none at all, so see a medical professional
How is syphilis spread?
Syphilis can be passed through contact with blood and other bodily fluids.

How is syphilis diagnosed?
Your doctor can perform a laboratory test or physical exam to determine if you’ve contracted syphilis.

Can syphilis be cured?
In most cases, syphilis can be cured by antibiotics.

How can I prevent syphilis? [br Be sure to practice safe sex, including the use of condoms. Click here to learn how to properly put on a condom.

Where can I get more information?
Get resources for syphilis in the STD subject of Gay Life.

*note: Your Gay Life Guide is not a certified medical professional. If you believe you may have syphilis or for more information consult your medical professional or a certified medical clinic.

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