Syphilis | Anal About My Health

Kochina Rude and her man are playing a rousing game of “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” when she notices a fun new rash in her skirt! All it takes is a trip to the clinic to figure out what might be the cause.


MPact has teamed up with St James Infirmary and TrishTV for our #AnalAboutMyHealth campaign on sexual health featuring Bay Area drag performers sharing personal testimonials about their experiences with sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We’re breaking down stigma about contracting, living with, and seeking treatment for STIs – and who better to help than drag queens!

#AnalAboutMyHealth is produced with support from Bridging the Gaps and Robert Carr Fund. Captioning courtesy of our partners at M-Coalition (Arabic & French) and SOMOSGay (Spanish)

Some things you may not know about Syphilis:

  • Syphilis is spread through sexual contact & through the exchange of bodily fluids, so it is easily preventable with the use of condoms. Regular testing is the best way to know if you may have syphilis.
  • Many people do not experience any symptoms of syphilis, or symptoms may be too mild to notice.
  • Syphilis has three distinct phases – primary, secondary & latent – and symptoms such as full body rash, chancre sores on the genitals & even flu-like symptoms can happen at any of these stages.
  • It is critical that syphilis is treated early before infection reaches the nervous system, in a stage called neurosyphilis. Untreated syphilis can lead to long-term damage to the nervous system, brain, and other organs, so it is important that it is caught before complications arise.
  • Syphillis is usually treated immediately upon notification of a partner testing positive for the infection. Because of the severity of many cases of syphilis, many clinics will require information about previous and current sexual partners in order to notify them of the potential for contracting syphillis.
  • Syphilis is easily treated with antibiotics, most commonly penicillin unless there are pre-existing allergies to such treatments. It is important to abstain from sex until you and your partners have finished treatment in order to prevent the spread or re-infection of syphilis.

For more information about Syphilis, check out these resources from the World Health Organization and US Center for Disease Control


As always, we encourage everyone to be anal about their health by getting tested for STIs regularly at a local clinic.

Do you have a butt? Learn more about how to take your sexual health into your own hands with our handy guide to anal health.


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About MPact

MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights (formerly known as MSMGF or The Global Forum on MSM & HIV) was founded in 2006 by a group of activists concerned about the disproportionate HIV disease burden shouldered by men who have sex with men. MPact works at the intersection of sexual health and human rights, and is linked to more than 120 community-based organizations in 62 countries who are fighting for the sexual health and human rights of gay and bisexual men around the world.

About St James Infirmary

St. James Infirmary is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic for sex workers and their families. We exist to provide free, compassionate, and non-judgmental healthcare and social services for Sex Workers (current or former) of all genders and sexual orientations while preventing occupational illnesses and injuries through a comprehensive continuum of services.

About Trish

Trish is a collective of drag performers and visual artists in the Bay Area founded in 2017 by Cash Monet & Mama Celeste. Trish’s goal is to expand the art of drag beyond the nightclub stage through video production, print publications, art installations and new media. Trish believes that drag can be a vehicle for social change as it provides a platform to not only entertain but engage conversations on gender, race, sexuality, self-expression, politics, culture and the many systems that oppress us.