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How do I know if I have syphilis?

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Only your doctor can know for sure if you have syphilis. He’ll give you a physical exam, check your genitals, and look for skin rashes or sores called chancres. You’ll also have a blood test. Results typically come back within a few days.

He can also diagnose syphilis by testing fluid from a sore. But that’s rarely done.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis – CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Syphilis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis – CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Syphilis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 15, 2019

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