Syphilis and HIV, like many other sexually transmitted diseases, often show no symptoms. Many people who have an STD don't know it. Left untreated, both syphilis and HIV can cause serious health issues. Also having one can increase the risk of getting the other.
The good news is syphilis is curable with antibiotics and HIV is treatable with medication. In fact, the medication used to treat HIV is so effective that it can reduce the amount of virus to very low, even undetectable, levels. Treatment prevents the transmission of both syphilis and HIV from mother to baby during pregnancy and birth.
It begins with a test.
Given the high rates of syphilis and HIV in the state of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Public Health encourages all residents to talk with a healthcare provider about testing. Testing for both syphilis and HIV is also recommended for all women who are pregnant or planning to be pregnant.
Make syphilis and HIV testing part of your health routine. ASK to be tested!
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Syphilis and HIV testing is recommended as a part of routine health care, including during pregnancy. But that doesn’t mean it automatically happens.
To know for sure, ask to be tested!
Check out these stories from Georgians sharing their experiences getting tested and why they make testing part of their health routine.