Syphilis can be tested for in a blood test, or by a swab if you have symptoms. Not all doctors check for syphilis routinely, so make sure you ask specifically for it.Syphilis is so dangerous because, if left untreated, it can cause serious mental and physical impairments later in life. It can even be passed onto babies during pregnancy, so it is crucial that people who are pregnant get tested before and throughout their pregnancy.
The good news is syphilis is easily treatable if caught early, and using barrier methods like condoms, dental dams and gloves offer great protection to stop the spread.
Also check out our write up on SHQ’s Syphilis in the City campaign!