Syphilis is one of the best known and most prominent STIs out there.
As its categorization implies, it is sexually transmitted and can be a severe disease if not treated properly. If it is caught early on, it can be handled quickly and easily, which is why it is necessary to both know the symptoms and work towards prevention.
The main symptoms of syphilis are as follows:
- swollen glands
- weight loss
- hair loss
- a skin rash
- small, red sores
If you recognize any of these symptoms and suspect you have syphilis, consult a doctor immediately. Here are some tips for preventing the contraction of syphilis:
Be Responsible with Your Partners
This seems like an odd point, but being responsible with your partners and keeping track of your partners is necessary to prevent contracting anything. “Hook-up culture” is thriving right now, which means that most people favor single intimate interactions opposed to dating and long-term partnerships. This culture often goes against keeping track of or having consistent partners. Make sure that you are aware and responsible with who you are intimate with, especially if you are not in a relationship with them.
Always Use Protection
You should make sure that you are always using protection when being intimate with a partner. This should be a non-negotiable as it can keep you safe from a variety of diseases, infections, and more.
There are many clinics and centers that give out condoms for free, so if this is an issue seek out a local center that offers free protection.
Get Tested Regularly
There is so much stigma about STD and STI testing. However, it is the safest option and an incredibly responsible thing to do. You can get tested at many clinics, as well as many gynecologists and even general practitioners. If you are intimate with multiple sexual partners, you should be getting tested every other month. If you are intimate with a single partner, you should be getting tested twice per year.
Start a Conversation with Your Partner
You have the right to know if sleeping with a partner is putting you at risk, and the best way to determine this is by starting a conversation. Although conversations about STDs and STIs so frequently revolve around shame or embarrassment, it is necessary for staying safe. The more you set the precedent of discussing sexual history, the easier it will be.
A non-accusatory and straightforward way to do this is to bring up your own history with testing. Tell them the last time you got tested, and ask them when they got tested as well.
These are a few of the most common tips for preventing syphilis. They all revolve around the mantra of being safe, transparent, and responsible. Sexual health, although talked about much less, is just as important as any other type of health. It is critical to get regular staying and stay in tune with how your body responds and changes over time.
If you are looking for more information on syphilis prevention, refer to HealthLine.com or MayoClinic.org.