Sores can be found on the penis, vagina, anus, in the rectum, or on the lips and in the mouth.

You should get tested regularly for syphilis if you are pregnant, are a man who has sex with men, have HIV infection, and/or have partner(s) who have tested positive for syphilis.

If you are pregnant and have syphilis, you can give the infection to your unborn baby.

Having syphilis can lead to a low birth weight baby.

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Print Version Commercial Print Version Syphilis is an STD that can cause long-term complications if not treated correctly. These stages are primary, secondary, latent, and late syphilis.

You can get syphilis by direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

The non-itchy body rash that develops during the second stage of syphilis can show up on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet, all over your body, or in just a few places.

Syphilis can also affect the eye and can lead to permanent blindness. You could also be infected with syphilis and have very mild symptoms or none at all.