Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that is primarily spread through direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, anal or oral sex. Although syphilis can bring with it serious complications if it goes untreated - it can be cured with the right treatment [1].

See also: Syphilis: Causes and Symptoms

Can syphilis be cured completely?

Like many other sexually transmitted infections, syphilis can’t be cured with a simple home remedy or over the counter medication. In the early stages, penicillin is usually recommended to completely cure the infection [2].

Following treatment, it’s important to:

  • Avoid sexual contact with new partners
  • Notify your partners so they can be tested and/or treated
  • Regularly screen your sexual health

See also: Can an STI go Undetected?

Can I reduce my risk of syphilis?

As anyone who is sexually active is at risk of contracting syphilis - it’s difficult to completely avoid contracting the infection. With that said, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk:

  • Get tested regularly
  • Practice safe sex
  • Have open conversations with your partners about sexual health

See also: What are the Most Common Sexually Transmitted Infections?

Regular sexual health screening is one of the best things you can do to ensure both you and your partner remain happy and healthy. This can be done with your local doctor or from the comfort of your own home with an at-home lab test.

LetsGetChecked’s range of at-home Sexual Health Tests check for some of the most common STIs - including syphilis. Your online results will be available within 5 days and our dedicated medical team will be available to answer any questions you may have along the way.

See also: How do you Check for STDs From Home?


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Syphilis - STD Fact Sheet. Online:, 2017
  2. Mayo Clinic. Syphilis. Online:, 2019