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Prevention

To prevent getting syphilis, you must avoid contact with infected tissue and body fluids of an infected person. However, syphilis is usually transmitted by people who have no sores that can be seen or rashes and do not know they are infected.

If you aren't infected with syphilis and are sexually active, having mutually monogamous sex with an uninfected partner is the best way to prevent syphilis.

Using condoms properly and consistently during sex reduces your risk of getting syphilis.

Washing or douching after sex won't prevent syphilis.

Even if you have been treated for syphilis and cured, you can be re-infected by having sex with an infected partner.

To prevent passing congenital syphilis to their unborn babies, all pregnant women should be tested for syphilis. Most cases of congenital syphilis can be avoided with appropriate screening and treatment of pregnant women.

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Last Updated October 24, 2014