An STD caused by a bacterium which infects your blood.


Early stages of infection may show up 10-90 days after exposure. It’s common for the symptoms of syphilis to go unnoticed. Symptoms centered on the mouth, anus or vagina can be especially difficult to identify. Syphilis usually follows 3 stages, each with different symptoms.

Stage 1: A painless red sore on your cock, balls, mouth, throat, ass or vagina which turns into a scab and then heals.

Stage 2: A rash on your palms, soles of your feet, or other parts of your body. Symptoms may also include fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, patchy hair loss, headaches, weight loss, muscle aches and tiredness. These symptoms usually occur 7-10 weeks after exposure.

Stage 3: If untreated, syphilis remains in your body and begins to damage internal organs including your brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones and joints. In about 1/3 of untreated people, internal damage shows up many years later. This damage may be serious enough to cause death.


It’s transmitted by giving or receiving anal, oral, or vaginal sex and by assplay with an infected person. A person can easily pass the disease to sex partners during Stages 1 and 2. Only areas protected by condoms, dams or gloves are protected from infection. Avoid touching any sore or rash.


If caught early, it’s easily cured with antibiotics. Exact treatments vary depending on the stage.

What else you should know

Syphilis sores greatly increase the risk of HIV transmission. For HIV+ people, syphilis can be harder to diagnose and can progress more quickly.

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