Can I get infected from someone who has latent syphilis?

Latent syphilis is a later stage of the disease after infection when a person is seroreactive (can be diagnosed on blood antibody tests), but shows no clinical manifestations of disease. This latent phase can last for years.

Typically syphilis is only passed on within two years of becoming infected.

A pregnant woman with syphilis can transmit the infection to their unborn baby.

Testing for syphilis involves a blood test. It may take twelve weeks for syphilis to show up in a blood test from the time of infection.


Last updated at: 08 March 2022

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