Our expert says:
When they test for the antibodies for syphilis you have positive IGM which means you have the infection now, or positive IGG which means you had the infection but developed antibodies against it. These antibodies does not protect you 100% – but if your IGM is now negative you are not infectious and you won’t develop the disease or any of its complications. Unless you and your girlfriend are both HIV and STD free, rather always use a condom.
You can be re-infected and may need treatment again if you sleep with someone with syphilis again.
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