Have an honest and open talk with your healthcare provider about your sexual history and ask whether you should be tested for syphilis or other STDs. Your doctor can do a blood test to determine if you have syphilis. Notice to Readers: CDC Statement on Study Results of Product Containing Nonoxynol-9.
You may also be more likely to get HIV because the same behaviors and circumstances that put you at risk for getting other STDs can also put you at greater risk for getting HIV.
Syphilis is passed from person to person through direct contact with a syphilis sore.
In men, sores can occur on or around the penis, around the anus, or in the rectum, or in or around the mouth.
Additionally, the painless sores that show up during the early stages of syphilis often go unrecognized by the person who has them. Resurgent Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Disease Among Men Who Have Sex With Men – King County, Washington, MMWR 1999;48(35);773. HIV Prevention Through Early Detection and Treatment of Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases – United States Recommendations of the Advisory Committee for HIV and STD Prevention.
Individuals who are unaware of their infection can spread it to their sex partners. Reported at 2000 National STD Prevention Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.