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  •  850-595-6554

    Mailing Address

    Fairfield Service Center, 1295 West Fairfield Drive, Pensacola, Florida 32501 



Free syphilis and HIV testing is available at OASIS Florida, 25 East Wright Street, Pensacola, FL 32502.

What is Syphilis?  

Syphilis is a bacterial STD that can have very serious, long-term complications and lead to death when left untreated. Syphilis can be treated and cured! Symptoms of syphilis are divided into stages, which include: primary, secondary, latent, and late syphilis. 


What does syphilis look like? 

Symptoms of syphilis vary based on the stage you are in, but they are not always easy to see.  Syphilis has been called ‘the great imitator’ because it can cause so many symptoms similar to other STDs. The initial, painless syphilis sore can easily be mistaken for an ingrown hair, zipper cut, or any other harmless bump. The non-itchy rash that develops in the second stage of syphilis can show up anywhere on the body including the palms of hands, feet, arms, legs, and face. You may also never see any symptoms when infected, which leads to more serious complications. Make STD testing a regular part of your annual check-up.


How is syphilis spread?  

Syphilis spreads by direct contact with a syphilis sore during anal, vaginal, or oral sex. This sore is not always visible! Most commonly, sores can be found in or around the penis, vagina, anus, rectum, or on the lips and mouth. Syphilis can also be spread during pregnancy from a mother to her unborn child.


How can I protect myself from getting syphilis? 

  • Abstain from sex
  • Have an exclusive relationship with one sexual partner who has tested negative for STDs
  • Use latex condoms and water-based lubricants during all sexual activities
  • Get tested for STDs at least once a year or before sexual encounters with new partners
  • Talk with your partner(s) openly about sexual health practices and STD testing
  • Know the signs and symptoms of STDs


Syphilis Elimination Task Force – Escambia County  

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) leads the Syphilis Elimination Task Force in Escambia County. The Syphilis Elimination Task Force was created in response to Escambia County’s syphilis outbreak and the sustained increase in cases.


Additional Resources 

CDC: Syphilis

Syphilis Elimination Task Force Report 2014 (898.54kb; pdf)

Location & Contact Information 

Fairfield Service Center
1295 West Fairfield Drive

The STD office is open:
Monday-Thursday from 8 AM to 5 PM
Fridays from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Call 850-595-6500, Option 1 to schedule an appointment or for more information.