Anyone who has sex can get syphilis, an infection that is spread skin-to-skin through vaginal, oral or anal sex.
Syphilis can be easily cured with antibiotic medicine, but it can cause permanent brain damage, blindness or loss of hearing if you don’t get treated right away.
Pregnant people and unborn babies are at high risk of serious or deadly complications.
Protect yourself, your partner and your baby by getting tested. Contact your healthcare provider or your local county health department.
Many people who are infected with syphilis don’t know it. Infected people sometimes don’t notice the sores or rash on genitals or mouth and feel fine, but they can still spread it to other people.
If syphilis isn’t treated, it stays in your body where it can damage your blood vessels, nerves and brain in ways that can’t be healed. It can even kill you.
When a pregnant person is infected with syphilis, the disease can cause her baby to die or to be born with severe health problems. Syphilis can be treated during pregnancy. Early prenatal care, testing and treatment will protect mother and baby.
Your healthcare provider can detect syphilis with a quick blood test. Many people only need one dose of antibiotics to be cured. Later stage cases might need multiple doses, but still can be cured.
Contact RiverStone Health Public Health, 123 S. 27th St., Monday through Friday at 406.651.6435.
We offer confidential testing and treatment for syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections.
Syphilis test results are available in about 15 minutes and, if needed, a dose of antibiotic can be given at the same appointment. No one will be denied care if they are unable to pay.
Hepatitis, a disease that harms the liver, can be spread through exposure to blood, contaminated food and water, contaminated needles or through sex with an infected person.
To help prevent the spread of hepatitis, RiverStone Health provides Hepatitis A and B immunizations on a sliding fee scale; free prevention information and presentations about Hepatitis, free Hepatitis C testing and referral for treatment to the RiverStone Health Clinic.