To get tested for free, simply print out this PDF and drop into the care center partner in the operation (in Aargau and Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano, St. Gallen Zurich). Free screenings are valid until November 18, 2011.
Syphilis is a contagious disease that is easily treated, but five times or ten times the risk of HIV infection. In Switzerland, half of the 975 new cases in 2010 were men who had sex with men.
Transmission is usually by anal (bisexuals may also fear contamination of vaginal origin) or oral sex. The use of condoms - indeed indispensable even in the event of oral sex - is not enough because the disease can also be transmitted orally. The incubation period of up to one month for the first symptoms or even two and a half months for the most visible, we can transmit or receive syphilis without knowing it.
Untreated syphilis significantly increases the risk of transmission of the pathogen, exposes the wearer with an increased risk of HIV infection, may have irreversible consequences, sometimes causing death. Having virtually disappeared in developed countries in the late twentieth century, syphilis cases rose sharply in France and Switzerland since 2000.
Anyone who has been infected with syphilis must regularly test their HIV status. To measure the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment adopted to ensure that it is not likely to infect others and also to verify that it has not been re-contaminated, as it can get syphilis again after been cured.