How can I prevent syphilis infection?

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  • ADr. Jill Grimes, MD, Family Medicine, answered

    Here's how you can avoid getting syphilis:

    • Abstinence from oral, anal, and vaginal intercourse will prevent transmission of primary syphilis.

    • Condoms reduce (but do not eliminate) transmission of syphilis only when they cover an active sore. However, lesions are frequently outside the area sheathed by a condom.

    • Secondary syphilis can be contracted through skin-to-skin contact with an infected person; be especially cautious of rashes on people’s palms or soles.

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