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There is an outbreak of syphilis in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that is spread by any sexual contact, including oral sex. Its symptoms are often invisible, so people don’t even know they have it until they have a blood test.

Everyone is at risk – if you have sex with men, or women, or both.

Syphilis is a serious infection and can affect your heart or your brain. If you have syphilis while you are pregnant, it can affect your baby – up to 40% of babies with congenital syphilis will die.

Treatment is easy – penicillin injections cure syphilis. We need everyone to have a blood test for syphilis to stop the spread.

At Auckland Sexual Health we test for HIV as well as syphilis on the blood test.

If you have symptoms:

  • sores in your mouth, genital skin or bottom
  • body rash
  • any other STI symptom.

Phone 0800 739 432 to talk to a nurse.

Arrange a blood test at Labtests

See if you are eligible for a full sexual health check-up at Auckland Sexual Health

Read our Syphilis fact sheet [PDF, 526 KB]