Living with Syphilis

Living with syphilis is not difficult but can become an inconvenience because of the stigma associated with a sexually transmitted disease.

Communication is an important part of living with a sexually transmitted disease. Remember to talk about these things to your partner or your potential partner. Hiding this information causes much more long term damage. Syphilis is completely curable but hiding it and not getting it treated can lead to only more complications. Untreated syphilis can have dangerous side effects.

If you are infected and do not convey it to your partner, as a mother, you could pass it on to your potential unborn children. This infection can linger in the body for years. Untreated syphilis can also weaken your body and lead to you possibly getting infected by HIV.

Syphilis does not spread by the use of common facilities like swimming pools, bath tubs, shared clothing or utensils. It does, however, spread with oral, anal or vaginal sex. It is important to be aware of how the infection spreads and be able to curtail that. A majority of patients do not get proper treatment because of the stigma attached to this sexually transmitted disease.

If you have been in prison, or are a sex worker or you have traits of risky behavior, it would be a good idea to get yourself tested for syphilis.