How Can You Prevent Syphilis?

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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection and therefore it is usually spread via sexual contact with a person suffering from the infection. The best method to forestall syphilis is to get tested and to ensure protection while having sex. You may use condoms or dental dams when you have sex to prevent contracting syphilis.


Avoiding Getting Syphilis 

Syphilis is usually spread from sexual contact with a person infected with syphilis. This infection can be passed during vaginal, oral, or anal sex. Therefore, the perfect way to avoid syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases is to not have sex at all. However, people have sex at some point or the other in their lives and so knowing to have safe sex is very important for everyone. Ensuring proper protection when you have sex can help lower the chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease.


Getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases regularly is another way to ensure your health. You can get yourself tested from a free HIV and STD facility in your locality. You may check online for free clinic HIV testing centers in your area to know more about the services offered in these clinics.


Ensuring That You Don’t Give Anyone Syphilis  

If you find that you have syphilis after getting testing in a free HIV and STD testing facility, you should not panic. Understand that syphilis can be cured easily with proper treatment. Also, there are a few ways to ensure that you do not give the infection to other people.

  • Let your present and former sexual partners know that you have been infected with syphilis. This will ensure that they also get treated if they have the infection.
  • Make sure not to have sex with anyone until you have finished the treatment and the syphilis cores are healed completely.
  • All your sex partners should also avail treatment to avoid them transmitting the infection to others.
  • After your treatment is finished and you start to have sex again, make sure to use condoms every time you have sex.


Many people are not in line with the idea of telling someone that they have an STD. However, you need to understand that syphilis is very common and that it can be cured easily. Therefore, you need not be much stressed out or embarrassed about a syphilis infection. The only thing is to get yourself treated so that you can get on with your lives.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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