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The Basics

Syphilis (siff-ill-iss)

All pregnant women should get tested for syphilis. Men who have sex with men should also get tested for syphilis if they (or their partner) have more than one sex partner.

What are the signs of syphilis?
Many people who have syphilis have no symptoms. Some people have symptoms during the early stages (or phases) of infection.

  • In the first stage, a painless sore appears on the genitals, lips, tongue, or butt.
  • The second stage may include a rash on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, sores on the throat or mouth, fever, and spotty hair loss.

How is the test done?
The doctor or nurse may test your blood for syphilis. Sometimes fluid is taken from a syphilis sore to test.

Learn more about syphilis:

Start Today: Small Steps
  • Call your doctor or health clinic to schedule an STD test.
  • Locate an STD clinic near you by calling 1-800-232-4636.
  • Talk to your partner about getting tested.

Learn about other tests for women, such as getting tested for cervical cancer.

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