Syphilis is a bacteria that infects the vulva, urethra, or cervix in women and the penis or foreskin in men.
It is passed on through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex, by sharing sex toys, direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who has syphilis sores or rashes, or from a mother to her unborn child.

Signs and symptoms

Sometimes symptoms can go unnoticed, but typical signs of first-stage syphilis infection include:
If the infection is not treated, second-stage syphilis can occur and typical symptoms include:

Tests and treatments

For STI testing contact the Sexual Medicine Service on 01803 656500.
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