How to Prevent Syphilis Effectively

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  • Avoiding vaginal, anal or oral sex is the most effective preventive measure against syphilis
  • Syphilis can be cured and there are other ways to make sure you prevent this STD from affecting other people, as highlighted by Planned Parenthood

There are techniques that you can follow to help prevent syphilis from affecting you. Avoiding vaginal, anal or oral sex is the most effective preventive measure against syphilis, but if you're sexually active, here are ways that can help you lower your syphilis risk:1,2,3

Abstaining or being monogamous: Monogamous sexual contact with an uninfected partner who has been tested for this STD is the next best option, according to the Mayo Clinic. Avoiding sexual contact with multiple partners can also greatly help reduce syphilis risk.

Using latex condoms the right way during sexual contact: Correct and consistent use of latex condoms during sexual intercourse is important. Condoms can help prevent STD transmission by inhibiting contact with a sore and protecting the infected area or site of potential exposure.

However, keep in mind that sores can develop in areas that aren’t covered by a condom, which can still lead to syphilis transmission, so using condoms does not provide 100 percent guarantee that you’ll be safe from this STD.4

Avoiding sharing of sex toys: These items can pass STDs and blood-borne infections, especially if used irresponsibly and not cleaned properly.5

Avoiding excessive alcohol intake: This can cloud your judgment and potentially lead to unsafe sexual practices.

Avoiding recreational drug use: Apart from the other devastating health consequences of drugs, STDs like syphilis may be transmitted through using shared needles.

Testing for Syphilis

Screening and testing for STDs like syphilis, especially if you’re sexually active, can be beneficial.6 The same principle applies if you have a partner or partners who tested positive for syphilis, are living with HIV or if you’re a man who has sexual intercourse with other men.

It’s also advised that all pregnant women must be tested for syphilis during their first prenatal visit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests having an honest and open talk with your healthcare provider or your doctor and inquire if you should be tested for syphilis or other STDs.7

What Should You Do If You Test Positive for Syphilis?

Once you’ve received test results, discuss it with your partner.8 Notifying your partner about your status is a critical component in preventing the transfer of syphilis, as noted by the CDC.9 Should you find out that you have syphilis, do not panic. Syphilis can be cured and there are other ways to make sure you prevent this STD from affecting other people, as highlighted by Planned Parenthood:10

  • Notify past and present sexual partners about your syphilis diagnosis so they may get tested and treated too.
  • Avoid having sexual contact with anyone until you have finished treatment and syphilis sores are completely healed.
  • Make sure that your partner/s has also been treated for syphilis before having sexual intercourse with anyone, including you.
  • After finishing treatment, use condoms the right way during sexual intercourse.

While informing someone that you have syphilis isn’t necessarily good news, it’s best to try not to be embarrassed or stressed out about it since, as mentioned earlier, this STD can be cured.

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