SyphilisSymptoms

The symptoms of syphilis are similar for men and women. They're often mild and difficult to recognise, and you may pass on the infection without knowing you have it.

overview

Syphilis is a type of sexually transmitted infection.

symptoms

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.

treatments_overview

Syphilis is treated with an antibiotic injection or antibiotic tablets.

causes

Syphilis is mainly spread through vaginal, anal or oral sex, or by sharing sex toys with someone who's infected.

prevention

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