Syphilis – also called lues – is a very easily transmitted infection that can occur all over the body. It can be treated well with antibiotics, but the infection often remains undetected. Late or untreated, the infection progresses in several stages and can have severe to life-threatening consequences.
The bacteria of syphilis can be found anywhere where the skin and mucous membranes are affected by the pathogen, as well as in the blood. The bacteria are passed on through even the smallest injuries in the mouth and on the body. The affected body parts are usually the mouth, cock, front hole, ass and surrounding skin.
Transmission can occur during fucking, fisting, blowing and all other sex practices, as well as during substance use (with shared utensils).
Syphilis infection often causes no symptoms at first, or symptoms that are unclear. As a result, it is often diagnosed and treated late. It then progresses in three stages.
Syphilis can be detected by a blood test. If you have already had syphilis, a laboratory test will give the most reliable result. Syphilis infections have to be reported to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) – your name will not be transmitted.
In people with immunodeficiency (for example, untreated HIV infection), a syphilis test is sometimes falsely negative despite clear symptoms (“false negative result”).
In the early stages, syphilis can be treated well with antibiotic injections administered over a certain period of time (2-3 weeks). If detected later, treatment may take longer.
For people with HIV, there may be other special requirements for testing and treatment. It is best to clarify this with the medical specialist you trust.
After syphilis therapy, people with HIV still need to have regular blood tests to make sure that the syphilis has really been successfully treated for the long term and has not flared up again.
The tests can be done by specialists in urology or skin and sexually transmitted diseases. In many sexual health centres, AIDS help centres or testing projects such as Checkpoints, the tests and consultations can often be offered anonymously and at low cost.
“Ich weiss was ich tu” video in German: Syphilis – easily explained: transmission, treatment, protection