- Early diagnosis and prompt treatment
- Regular testing even if you are in a long-term relationship
- Seeking medical treatment if signs, such as sores or ulcers, do appear as this can prevent syphilis from progressing to a later, more severe stage
Let untreated and allowed to progress to the tertiary stage, syphilis can lead to severe complications and even death. Remember, syphilis doesn't leave the body without treatment. Complications can occur up to 30 years after becoming infected as the syphilis spreads to other parts of the body. These include:
- Heart problems and heart attacks
- Numbness and paralysis
Syphilis in pregnancy is extremely dangerous for the unborn baby so it is essential to get tested if you are thinking about conceiving. Not only does the infection raise the risk of miscarriage and premature birth, but syphilis in pregnant women can lead to the death of 40% of babies (either stillborn or shortly after birth). Infants that do survive risk being born with neurological problems, bone and teeth irregularities and sight and hearing loss.
All these complications can be avoided if everyone gets tested for syphilis once a year or every time they have a new partner. To make sure that you are not infected, order a syphilis test kit online that is discreet and easy to use. Your test results will be available between 4 and 24 hours after reaching the laboratory (depending on which option you choose).
Last updated June 6, 2018