Often partners are supportive and appreciate they have been informed that they may have been exposed to an STI.  If one partner is untreated for an STI it can be passed back and forth.

You have a few choices: 

  1. Tell them face-to-face 

  2. Ask your doctor for assistance 

  3. Send an online anonymous message as a text or email

1. Tell Your Partner Face-to-face 

  • Just tell them in person or over the phone. If you feel a text message is easier, this works too.

  • Often we connect with our sexual partners on hook up apps like Grindr. You already have a dialogue going, so why not use this chat option to tell them you got syphilis?

2. Ask Your Doctor

  • Your doctor can assist you in contacting your sexual partners and suggest they be treated also.

  • Your doctor may be able to arrange a Contact Tracer (a special public health worker) to inform them for you

  • You won’t be identified


3. Online Anonymous Notification

  • If you don’t feel comfortable telling them in person, you can still let them know by an anonymous SMS or email by clicking here

Click For Tips To Assist You In Telling Your Sexual Partners

  • Just be upfront and let them know you that you had a recent sexual health test and you tested positive for syphilis.

  • If you suspect you contracted it from your partner, don’t assume they knew they had an infection and didn’t tell you—syphilis and other STIs often have no symptoms and people might not know they had it. 

  • Know the basics about syphilis to answer any questions

  • Let your partner know you have been treated for syphilis and how easy it was to treat

Test Every 3 Months

Sexually active? (including oral sex or had sex without a condom)


Test Every 3 Months.


Testing includes a blood test and swabs.


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Untreated Syphilis Is Serious.

Early Treatment Isn't.


Treatment is usually a one-time injection of antibiotics.


Depending on the stage of infection a course of treatment may be required.

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