Having a sore or break in the skin from an STD such as syphilis may allow HIV to more easily enter your body. You may also be more likely to get HIV because the same behaviors and circumstances that put you at risk for getting other STDs can also put you at greater risk for getting HIV. These sores can be painless, so it is possible to have them and not notice them.Correct use of condoms can reduce the risk of syphilis if the condom covers the sores.Having syphilis once does not protect you from getting it again. Even after you’ve been successfully treated, you can still be reinfected. Unrecognized HIV Infection, Risk Behaviors, and Perceptions of Risk Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men –- Six U. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious health problems if it is not treated.Syphilis is divided into stages (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary), and there are different signs and symptoms associated with each stage..
(MSM), and syphilis has been increasing among MSM for more than a decade.If you are sexually active, doing the following things will lower your chances of getting syphilis: The only way to know is by getting tested. Many men who get syphilis do not have any symptoms for years, yet they remain at risk for health problems if they are not treated. Have an honest and open talk with your healthcare provider about your sexual history and ask whether you should be tested for syphilis or other STDs. Your doctor can do a blood test to determine if you have syphilis. Notice to Readers: CDC Statement on Study Results of Product Containing Nonoxynol-9. If syphilis is not treated, it can cause serious health problems, including neuralgic (brain and nerve) problems, eye problems, and even blindness.In addition, syphilis is linked to an increased risk of transmission of HIV infection. Syphilis can be transmitted during anal sex and oral sex, as well as vaginal sex.Sometimes, healthcare providers will diagnose syphilis by testing fluid from a syphilis sore. Outbreak of Syphilis Among Men Who Have Sex With Men – Southern California, 2000. If you are a sexually active man who has sex with men, who is living with HIV, and/or who has partner(s) who have tested positive for HIV or syphilis, you should get tested regularly for syphilis. Additionally, the painless sores that show up during the early stages of syphilis often go unrecognized by the person who has them. Resurgent Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Disease Among Men Who Have Sex With Men – King County, Washington, MMWR 1999;48(35);773. HIV Prevention Through Early Detection and Treatment of Other Sexually Transmitted Diseases – United States Recommendations of the Advisory Committee for HIV and STD Prevention. Individuals who are unaware of their infection can spread it to their sex partners. Reported at 2000 National STD Prevention Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.