Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is caught by having sex with someone who already has it.

Syphilis is caused by an infectious bacteria. The bacteria enters the body during close body contact through small breaks in the skin.
If you think you have syphilis it’s important to get tested as soon as you can. Left untreated, syphilis can lead to very serious health complications.

Typically, syphilis can be easily cured with a short course of antibiotics. The sooner syphilis is diagnosed, the easier the treatment is.

It’s possible to have syphilis more than once, even if you’ve been treated for it before.

Lots of people with syphilis don’t know they have it. Having regular sexual health check-ups will help to diagnose syphilis if you have no symptoms.