What is syphilis?
Syphilis is caused by bacteria and initially can cause painless sores around the genitals, anus, rectum, on the lips or in the mouth2. If Syphilis is not treated, it can transform and cause serious health problems.
How do you get syphilis?
Syphilis is spread by direct contact of a sore from someone who is infected during vaginal, anal or oral sex2.
Who gets the infection?
Anyone sexually active can get the infection but there are some factors that will increase your risk. These are:
Engaging in unprotected sex5
Having sex with multiple partners5
Men who has sex with men5
People infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS5