What is it?
An infection caused by bacteria? One that spread throughout the body.
How common is it?
Approximately 36,000 new cases reported annually.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms varie? Run on the basis of the progress of the infection starts with a single, painless sore (called a chancre) on the genitals, anus or mouth Other symptoms may occur up to 6 months after the initial pain is gone, including a rash . However, there may be no noticeable symptoms led to more serious problems. Syphilis to
How do you get it?
Through vaginal, oral or anal sex. It can also be passed on kissing as a lesion (sore) in the mouth and from mother to child during childbirth.
How do you treat it?
Antibiotic treatment can cure syphilis if caught early, but medication can not damage already done to undo. Both partners should be treated and avoid sexual contact until the sores are completely healed.
What are the consequences if left untreated?
Increased risk of infection from other STDs, including HIV. Left untreated, the symptoms disappear, but the infection remains in the body and can damage the brains, heart and nervous system, and even death. Syphilis in women can cause serious damage to a developing fetus during pregnancy.
Can it be prevented?
There is no vaccine for syphilis. Abstain from sex and sexual contact is the surest way to prevent getting an STD. Using condoms every time reduces the risk of STDs. If you or your partner positive test, both partners must be treated and avoid sexual contact until the sores are completely healed.