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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 if neither you nor your partner has been tested for syphilis is arguably the most effective preventive measure. If you're sexually active, here are ways that can help you lower your syphilis risk:1,2

  • Abstaining or being monogamous — Monogamous sexual contact with an uninfected partner who has tested negative for this STD may help lower your syphilis risk. As much as possible, refrain from having sexual intercourse with multiple partners, too.
  • Using latex condoms properly — Condoms may help prevent STD transmission3 by lessening contact with a sore. However, using condoms doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be safe from this infection, since sores can still develop in uncovered areas, which can lead to syphilis transmission.4
  • Avoiding sharing of sex toys — They can pass STDs and blood-borne infections from one person to another, especially if used irresponsibly and not sanitized properly.5
  • Avoiding excessive alcohol intake — This can cloud your judgment and potentially lead to unsafe sexual practices.6
  • Avoiding recreational drug use — Apart from the other devastating health consequences of drugs, STDs like syphilis may be transmitted through using shared needles.7

Testing for Syphilis

Screening and testing for syphilis, especially if you’re sexually active, can be beneficial. If you have a partner or partners who tested positive for syphilis, have been diagnosed with HIV or another STD, or if you’re a man who has sexual intercourse with other men, you may have a higher risk for the infection, so undergo testing for syphilis as soon as possible.8,9,10

It’s also advised that all pregnant women be tested for syphilis during their first prenatal visit because they can pass the infection to their newborn child.11 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests having an honest and open talk with your doctor and inquire if you should be tested for syphilis or other STDs.12

What Should You Do if You Test Positive for Syphilis?

If your test results come back positive, be honest and inform your partner. Notifying your partner about your status may play a major role in lessening instances of syphilis transmission.13 If you find out that you have syphilis, do not panic, feel embarrassed or stress about your situation. There are effective natural remedies that can target the infection, and you can follow other ways that’ll help you prevent this STD from affecting other people:14

  • Notify past and present sexual partners about your diagnosis so they may get tested and possibly treated.
  • Avoid having sexual contact with anyone until treatment has commenced and syphilis sores are completely healed.
  • Ensure that your partner has been treated for syphilis before having sexual intercourse.
  • Use condoms correctly if you’re having sexual intercourse after being treated.


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