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Syphilis is a bacterial infection, if left untreated can cause serious health problems.

There has been a significant increase in syphilis cases in recent years.


Syphilis comes in three stages:

Stage 1 – Painless ulcers usually 2-4 weeks after exposure

Stage 2 – Painless rash, typically on palms of hands or soles of feet, often accompanied by a general unwell feeling

Stage 3 – It starts to attack internally, damaging vital organs

Testing and Treatments:

If you are aged 16 years or over and live in Lancashire (excluding Blackburn with Darwen), you can request a FREE bespoke STI postal testing kit.

To test for syphilis you will have a blood test.

If your result is positive the team will arrange an appointment for you to be treated.

The treatment for syphilis is a prescription of antibiotics with treatment lasting 10-14 days.

You will be invited back for a test of cure.

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