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Syphilis spike in Darwin

There is a spike in notifications for Syphilis in Darwin amongst gay men and men who have sex with men.

How can you get syphilis?
Giving or receiving anal or oral sex can transmit syphilis. It can also be passed on through direct contact with sores or lesions.

What do I do?
Get tested at Clinic 34 (it's free and confidential) or your local GP.

Can it be treated?
Syphilis can be treated with a course of antibiotics. Syphilis can be cured particularly if it is diagnosed in the early stages and treated with penicillin. Other drugs may be used if a person is allergic to penicillin.

How can it be prevented?
Only areas covered by condoms, dams or gloves are protected from infection. Touching any sore or rash should be avoided.

For more information or to get tested for syphilis and other STIs, please visit the Clinic 34 website.

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