Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Syphilis is usually passed on during anal, oral or vaginal sex. It is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area.
Syphilis can have serious health consequences if left untreated. However, syphilis is easy to cure if found early.
If untreated, syphilis can damage the brain, vision, heart, veins, liver, bones, muscles and joints. Syphilis in pregnancy can harm babies.
Being a better sexual partner means getting regular STI tests.
Talk to a GP or visit a sexual health clinic. A health worker will take blood to test for syphilis. If there is a sore they may swab it.
If you’re unsure about seeing your local GP or health service, then consider going to a different practice or a sexual health clinic such as SHINE SA.
Remember STI testing is part of regular health care and your appointments are confidential.
Getting regular STI tests is just one part of having better sex. Better sex is all about safety, pleasure and respect.
It’s using condoms or dental dams.
It’s checking in on your partner during sex to see if they’re enjoying the sex you’re having.
It’s having a chat with your sexual partner/s to see what they’re into and respecting any boundaries they have.
It’s enthusiastic consent, or it’s nothing.