Do I have Syphilis?

Take our quick quiz to find out if you could have Syphilis, including individual recommendations!

Syphilis Symptom Checker

Symptoms

Symptoms may appear 10 days to 3 months after infection.

Stage 1: Primary Syphilis:
  • Small, round, firm sore ("chancre") at the body location where the disease was contracted (penis, vagina, mouth, anus)
  • Lymph nodes near the area of infection are swollen
  • The chancre will disappear on its own, but the disease is not cured at this point
Stage 2: Secondary Syphilis:
  • Rash: non-itchy, often on feet and hands, but could be anywhere
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Tiredness
  • Swollen glands
  • Less commonly: aches, fever, sores in mouth or around genitals, weight loss
  • May disappear on its own and might recur prior to proceeding to the next stage
Stage 3: Latent Syphilis:
  • Most symptoms are mild or gone
  • Still contagious
Stage 4: Tertiary Syphilis:
  • Rare to reach this stage
  • Bacteria causes damage to various bodily organs and tissues
  • Can cause a host of problems including blindness, deafness, mental illness, and even death

See more: Anonymous Syphilis Symptom Checker

A person is infectious for the first year (stages one and two) after exposure to the bacterium, so it’s important to practice safe sex. If a person is being treated for syphilis, abstain from sexual contact until treatment has finished.

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Can it be cured?

Yes. Early stage syphilis is easily curable; Treatment is more difficult at later stages.

Type of Infection

Bacterial. Syphilis is caused by the bacterium ema pallidum.

How is it treated?

Antibiotics. A single injection of penicillin at early stage; Later stage treatment may require hospitilzation.

Recovery Time

Varies. Recovery from syphilis is not complete until all the sores are healed; Damage from the disease may be permanent.

Can I have sex?

No. Avoid sexual activity until the disease is fully cured.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. Sexual intercourse with an infected partner can lead to re-infection.