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Having a sore or break in the skin from an STD such as syphilis may allow HIV to more easily enter your body. You may also be more likely to get HIV because the same behaviors and circumstances that put you at risk for getting other STDs can also put you at greater risk for getting HIV.
Correct use of condoms can reduce the risk of syphilis if the condom covers the sores.Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious health problems if it is not treated.Syphilis is divided into stages (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary), and there are different signs and symptoms associated with each stage..Sometimes, healthcare providers will diagnose syphilis by testing fluid from a syphilis sore. Outbreak of Syphilis Among Men Who Have Sex With Men – Southern California, 2000. If you are a sexually active man who has sex with men, who is living with HIV, and/or who has partner(s) who have tested positive for HIV or syphilis, you should get tested regularly for syphilis.
If you are sexually active, doing the following things will lower your chances of getting syphilis: The only way to know is by getting tested.