Syphilis is on the Rise. Get tested.
Syphilis is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) that often has no symptoms. It can be passed around by sucking dick, getting your dick sucked, anal (top or bottom), rimming, fingering and sharing sex toys. It can also be spread through intimate or skin to skin contact with someone who has syphilis.
There are a range of symptoms depending on the stage of syphilis infection and may range from sores, through to a rash and swollen glands. There may be no symptoms.
Condoms help a lot to protect you from syphilis, but even if you use condoms for anal sex or sex with women, you can become infected. That’s why it’s important to get a test regularly just to make sure you’re alright. And the good news is that syphilis infections are completely curable with antibiotics!
The number cases of syphilis among men who have sex with men has increased by 31% in Western Australia in comparison to the previous 12-month period.
Syphilis testing is via a blood test and swabs may be taken if you have sores. For those that are HIV positive, it’s recommended to get tested for syphilis every 3 months along with regular HIV blood tests.
Where to Get Tested
You can test for Syphilis at M Clinic (book online) or you can go to your GP or to a sexual health clinic such as: South Terrace Clinic, Royal Perth Hospital Sexual Health Clinic or Sexual Health Quarters.
If you are attending a GP, take this handy sheet to explain what you need tested – Asymptomic STI Screening for MSM.