Syphilis

Bacterial Infections
Viral Infections
Fungal Infections
Parasitic Infections
Bacteria infection, if left untreated can cause serious health problems.

Key facts:

  • Comes in three stages:
    • Stage 1 – painless ulcer usually 3-4 weeks after exposure
    • Very infectious stage
    • Can be treated at this stage
    • If left untreated bacteria starts to spread to stage 2
    • Stage 2 – Painless rash, typically on palms of hands or soles of feet
    • Infectious at stage 2
    • Can be treated at this stage
    • If left untreated bacteria starts to spread to stage 3
    • Stage 3 – It starts to attack internally damaging vital organs, cannot treat the damage it does internally
    • Can be treated and cured in the third stage but any damage already done to your body will not be reversed

Testing and Treatments:

  • To test for syphilis you will have a blood test
  • Results take up to two weeks and you will be contacted via your chosen method (usually text)
  • If your result is positive the team will arrange an appointment for you to be treated
  • The treatment for syphilis is a prescription of antibiotics with treatment lasting 10-14 days
  • You will be invited back for a test to see if the cure has worked