Syphilis is a bacterial STBBI with three stages. It can take between 10 days to three months for the first symptoms to occur. Syphilis is transmitted through direct sexual contact (oral, genital, anal) with a person who has a contagious lesion or rash. It can also be transmitted from an infected mother to her infant during pregnancy and delivery.


  • Any infection in the genital area may increase the risk of becoming infected with HIV. Practicing safer sex, by using latex or polyurethane condoms and/or dental dams for oral, anal or vaginal sex can reduce the risk of STIs.
  • Order FREE condoms & dental dams today at the Sex it Smart website
  • Want to get tested? Visit the Get Tested Why Not website
  • Call the AIDS & Sexual Health Info Line at 1-800-668-2437 if you have questions or need help.

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