Syphilis is a bacterial infection that's usually caught by having sex with someone who's infected.
Syphilis is a type of sexually transmitted infection.
Symptoms of syphilis include small sores around your genitals or bottom, a rash (usually on your hands or feet) and white patches in your mouth.
Syphilis is treated with an antibiotic injection or antibiotic tablets.
Syphilis is mainly spread through vaginal, anal or oral sex, or by sharing sex toys with someone who's infected.
You can reduce your chances of getting syphilis by using a condom or a dental dam during sex, including oral sex, and not sharing sex toys.
Page last reviewed: 07/02/2019
Next review due: 07/02/2022