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Tips to prevent syphilis include abstaining from sex, using condoms properly, and communicating with doctors and sex partners about your past sexual history. You must avoid contact with infected tissues and body fluids in order to prevent the disease. However, syphilis transmission often occurs in people who have no visible sores and do not know they are infected, so regular testing is vital to prevent syphilis.

Syphilis Prevention: An Overview

To prevent syphilis, you must avoid contact with infected tissues and body fluids of a person who has the disease. Most syphilis transmission, however, is from people who have no visible sores or rashes and who do not know they are infected.
Possible things you can do to prevent syphilis include:
  • Abstain from sex
  • Be faithful
  • Avoid alcohol and drug use
  • Use condoms
  • Understand birth control
  • Talk with your doctor and sex partner(s)
  • Have regular pelvic exams (if female).
The best way to prevent syphilis, or any sexually transmitted disease (STD), is to practice abstinence, or not having vaginal, oral, or anal sex.
Being Faithful
Besides abstaining from sex, another way to avoid syphilis transmission is to be in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.
Avoiding Alcohol and Drug Use
Avoiding alcohol and drugs may also help prevent syphilis because these activities can lead to risky sexual behavior.
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