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Syphilis

There is a lot of syphilis getting about in the NT and most people who have it are Indigenous people aged 14-30 who live out bush in communities.

If you have had sex without a condom it is important to go to the clinic for a check-up, because you could have this and not even know!

This sex sickness is very dangerous and it can make you sick for the rest of your life.

Most people don’t know they have it but some people might see:

  • Sores on their private parts or mouth
  • Rash on hands or feet
  • Hair starts to fall out from their head or eyebrows

If pregnant women get it, the baby can get very sick and maybe die.

Babies born with syphilis will not have a long and healthy life. It is really important that pregnant women get regular check-up so this doesn’t happen to their babies.

Using a condom every time you have sex can help to stop you getting this sickness and other sex sicknesses.

More information

The first sign of syphilis is usually a painless sore that appears on or near the genital area or mouth soon after infection. This generally heals within 2-3 weeks but if left untreated, the infection moves into its secondary stage.  Symptoms at this time can include a rash (especially on the hands and feet), swollen glands and hair loss.

Syphilis is transmitted through unprotected vaginal, anal and oral sex, or direct contact with open sores.  In its early stages syphilis can be treated and cured with antibiotics.  If left untreated for many years it can cause serious damage to body organs and sometimes be fatal.

Use condoms! Get tested!