Syphilis

Although this STI can be easily treated, another reason to practice safe sex is syphilis.  This STI has a varied incubation period (10 days through to 3 months) and is highly contagious.

Again, some people may not even know they have syphilis – not everyone will have symptoms.  Although condoms and dams will reduce the risk, syphilis is passed on by close skin-to-skin contact and when the sore or rash is visible you will be at higher risk.

There are countries around the world that have a higher rate of syphilis in the community, and if you are having male to male sex you will also be at a higher risk.

It’s a good idea to have a regular sexual health check if you are sexually active.  If you’re unsure, make sure you speak to your doctor or book an appointment at your local family planning clinic.

“Reference: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au

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