First-stage symptoms often show up
within a few weeks of catching syphilis. It may take months for second-stage symptoms
During the first stage, you may
A painless sore in or on the
mouth, genitals, or anus. The sore often goes away on its own within a few weeks.
Even if it goes away by itself, you will still need treatment. You can still
transmit the infection to others.
During the second stage, you may
A body rash that includes the
palms of the hands and the soles of the feet
Flu-like symptoms, such as a
fever, sore throat, and headache
A blood test is often done to test for syphilis. Sometimes, fluid
from a syphilis sore will be tested.