Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria. 

You can catch syphilis through oral, vaginal or anal sex with a person who has syphilis. It is transmitted through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area. 

Not all people with syphilis have symptoms so you may not know you have it unless you have a blood test for it. 

Penicillin is the usual treatment for syphilis. If you are allergic to penicillin there are alternative antibiotics available.

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