Important facts about syphilis

How do you avoid syphilis?

Use of a condom during sexual relations is the best way to protect against syphilis. Free condoms are available at all the nursing stations. Getting tested regularly and remaining faithful to your partner are also very good ways to reduce the risk of syphilis infection considerably. For sexually active individuals, it is important to get tested every 6 to 12 months.

Is it possible to be infected with syphilis more than once?

Yes, that is why it is important to protect yourself (condom) and to get tested regularly.

In case of pregnancy, how can syphilis affect your baby?

All pregnant women of Nunavik undergo three screening tests for syphilis during pregnancy, as well as another test at childbirth. It is important to perform those tests because untreated syphilis can cause very serious and permanent problems for the baby, such as premature birth, still birth, and damage to the brain, eyes, ears and heart.
 

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