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Can having syphilis raise your chances of getting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)?

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If you have syphilis, you’re up to 5 times more likely to get HIV. That’s because syphilis sores bleed easily, making it easy for HIV to get into your body while you’re having sex.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis – CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Syphilis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Condition Information.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 08, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis – CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Syphilis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Condition Information.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 08, 2019

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