Syphilis Prevention in Singapore: Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria. Antibiotics can cure it if treated early, but if left until later it can cause permanent damage.
Unfortunately, there is currently no vaccine against syphilis. The only way to avoid getting syphilis is to avoid becoming exposed to the bacteria. Syphilis in Singapore has been on the rise in recent years.
Condoms are partially protective against syphilis, because the condom provides a barrier between the partners in the places where the initial sore is most likely to occur. However, if the sore is not completely covered by the condom, then syphilis could still be transmitted. Any moist lining, even if it’s completely healthy, that touches the syphilis sore can lead to syphilis infection (including the mouth, so having oral sex instead of vaginal or anal sex will not protect from syphilis). While using a condom isn’t a perfect way to prevent syphilis, it’s certainly better to use a condom than not to use one, if you choose to have sex with a new partner.
The only way to be completely sure that you don’t get syphilis is to be in a mutually monogamous sexual relationship, or to abstain from sex. Healthcare workers should also refrain from touching any rash with bare skin, at least until they’ve established its origin, since touching the rash of syphilis could transmit the disease.