Syphilis Symptoms in Men


One type of sexually transmitted infection is Syphilis and this is caused by a bacteria. The Syphilis causing bacteria can be transmitted through sex, regardless if it is anal, oral or vaginal sex. Men infected with these bacteria can experience sores in their infected genital parts and since these sores are painless, it spread immediately.

Body parts infected with Syphilis 

Among the parts that normally get syphilis are the penis, anus, scrotum, lip, and mouth. Using condom can protect your scrotum and anus from being infected but if you do oral sex with an infected person, chances are your mouth is not safe. The thing with Syphilis is that it can infect even with just a slight touch.

The four stages of Syphilis in Men

Syphilis has four stages for both men and women and since we are talking about men, here are the said four stages.

  1. Primary Syphilis in Men – this is the time when chancre develops. The chancre is sore so small that the infected person often ignores it. Most men with Syphilis develop a single chancre above the area where the bacteria entered their body. It appears after 21 days since the bacteria was transmitted. Chancre heals itself.
  2. Secondary Syphilis in Men – after few more weeks since the chancre disappeared, rashes will start to appear. These rashes begin at the trunk then spread to the entire body. These rashes are harmless and don’t cause any itchiness. However, while having rashes, the infected person might also start experiencing pain in their joints and throat as well as having warts in the genitals. The rashes and the accompanying pain disappear after weeks then come back after a few weeks again. This time, the infected person will have an idea that something is going wrong.
  3. Latent Syphilis in Men – if you experienced the secondary stage and still didn’t seek medical treatment despite the recurring symptoms, there will be a time that the bacteria will stay dormant, making you think that everything was just bad dreams. The latent stage or hidden stage is when the bacteria don’t do anything while actually, it is on its way to becoming more serious, getting into the late stage or tertiary stage of syphilis.
  4. Tertiary Syphilis in Men – at least one-third of people with syphilis end up having a late stage of syphilis because they did not seek medical treatment or discontinued their treatment. When it reaches this stage, the syphilis bacteria can now make serious damages involving the heart vessels, the eyes, brain, and liver. It can even affect joints and bones now. These complications are now too serious and more expensive medical treatment will be required.


If you think you are at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection like syphilis, always watch out for small symptoms.  Disregarding symptoms such as painless sore might lead to some serious conditions when in fact such infections can be treated. Just like any other sexually transmitted infections out there, syphilis can be cured.