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.
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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 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