Syphilis

Signs

There are a number of signs that someone has syphilis. The first sign is painless sores in the genital area. This is is the earliest indication of the first stage of syphilis. The second sign is a reddish brown rash that usually develops on the hands and feet. The third and fourth signs inlude weight loss and hair loss. This indicates the second stage of syphilis.

Symptoms

There are many symptoms for syphilis and they occur in four stages.

Primary

  • Painless sores in the genital area

Secondary

Reddish brown rash

  • Open sores on the mucous membranes
  • Moist sores
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Slight weakness or discomfort
  • Weight loss
  • Patchy hair loss
  • Swelling of lymph nodes
  • Neck stiffness
  • Headaches

Latent

  • Temporary disappearance of symptoms

Tertiary

  • Paralysis
  • Dementia
  • Numbness
  • Difficulty coordinating muscle movements


Treatment

Syphilis can be treated easily in the early stages with a single dose of penicillin. However if you are allergic to penicillin a doctor will give you tetracyline or doxycyline. After this a person must not have sex until all sores are healed.

Hotline Numbers

AIDS/STD Hotline

1-800-642-8244

HIV/STD Hotline

1-800-243-2437