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Syphilis isn’t as common as some other STIs, but it is on the increase in the UK and can cause serious and potentially life-threatening problems.


  • Sores (ulcers) on your penis, vagina or around your bottom
  • Sores in other areas, including your mouth, lips or hands
  • White or grey warty growths (rare)
  • A rash on the palms of your hands and soles of your feet that can sometimes spread all over your body
  • White patches in your mouth
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Swollen glands
  • Patchy hair loss on head, beard, and eyebrows

The symptoms of syphilis are often mild and hard to notice. They tend to change over time and may come and go.

It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms and to get a blood test if you may have been at risk or have any of these symptoms.

Download our patient leaflet for more information.