How do I catch syphilis?
You can catch syphilis through oral, vaginal or anal sex with a person who has syphilis.
It is transmitted through skin to skin contact with an infected area.
The chance of catching syphilis is greatly reduced by using condoms during sex. Condoms also protect you against other sexually transmissible infections.
Syphilis is highly contagious when the sore or rash is present.
More rarely, syphilis is transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy.
What are the symptoms of syphilis?
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