Syphilis is spread through sexual contact. So the best way to prevent syphilis is to get tested regularly and use condoms and/or dental dams if you have sex.
How do I avoid getting syphilis?
Syphilis is spread from sexual contact with someone who has it. It can be passed even if no one cums. Syphilis is spread during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
So the best way to avoid syphilis and other STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex at all. But most people have sex at some point in their lives, so knowing how to have safer sex is important. Using protection when you have sex really helps to lower your chances of getting an STD.
Getting tested for STDs regularly is another important way to keep yourself healthy.
How can I make sure I don’t give anyone syphilis?
If you find out that you have syphilis, don’t panic. Syphilis is easily cured, and there are a few ways to make sure you don’t give it to other people.
Tell your past and present sexual partners that you have syphilis, so they can get tested and treated too.
Don't have sex with ANYONE until you’ve totally finished your treatment and your syphilis sores are completely healed.
Your sex partners should also be treated before they have sex with anyone again, including you.
Once you’ve finished your treatment and start having sex again, use condoms every single time you have sex.
Telling someone you have an STD isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time. But syphilis is really, REALLY common and can be easily cured, so try not to be too embarrassed or stressed out about it. Once you get the conversation over with, you can both get treated and get on with your lives.