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What You Should Know
  • Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that is acquired through direct sexual contact with an infected person. It is passed from one person to another through direct contact to a syphilis sore during vaginal, oral or anal sex. Syphilis sores can be hidden in the vagina, rectum or mouth so it may not be obvious that you or your partner has syphilis.

  • What You Should KnowYou cannot get syphilis from a towel or toilet seat, only from an infected person.

  • It is easily treated with antibiotics in its early stages.
     
  • If left untreated, it can damage the heart, the brain and even lead to death.
     
  • Having syphilis makes you more vulnerable to getting HIV.
     
  • Most cases of syphilis can be found in men who have sex with men (MSM) and bisexual males.

  • A pregnant woman who has untreated syphilis has a high risk of having a stillbirth or having the infant die shortly after birth.

  • Infants infected with syphilis can have many physical or developmental problems or even die. More information can be found from the CDC.
     
  • The Health Department offers free, confidential sting and treatment.
    Call 704-336-6500 for an appointment.
     
  • For more information, contact Jeff Williams-Knight at 704-432-1506.


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