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What is the relationship between syphilis and HIV?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you have syphilis, you may be more likely to become infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). In fact, it's estimated that your risk for getting HIV is increased two to five times if you're exposed to the virus while you have syphilis sores. This is because the sores caused by syphilis often form on areas like the genitals, anus, and mouth, and they bleed easily. This makes the sores an easy way for HIV to enter your body during sex.

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