Syphilis is an infection that is passed from person to person through contact with a syphilis sore. The bacteria can be transmitted during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Syphilis can be prevented by condom use or by choosing not to have sex.
Syphilis can be detected by a blood test or by testing fluid taken from a lesion. If caught early, syphilis is cured with antibiotics.
You can get tested for syphilis and all other STIs at University Health Services. Call (512) 471-4955 to make an appointment.