Syphilis

BY: Heetanshi Joshi

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is an STD caused by a bacteria called spirochete.

Transmission

Syphilis can be passed from one person to another by direct contact with a syphilis sore during sexual intercourse. It can also be passed from mother to child during pregnancy.

Symptoms

Primary Syphilis-Stage 1
  • Sores called chancre develop but do not hurt.

Secondary Syphilis-Stage 2

  • Breaking out into a rash
  • Fever
  • Achiness

Latent (hidden) Syphilis-Stage 3

  • Sores cannot be seen but the spirochetes are still over the body.

Tertiary Syphilis-Stage 4

  • Difficult walking
  • Affects the brain, spinal cord, heart, and bones.
  • Numbness
  • Gradual blindness

Treatment

To treat Syphilis see a doctor or gynecologist and take a blood test for signs of infection. You can also take antibiotics given by your doctor.

Problems

Some problems can be having difficulty walking, having a greater chance of getting HIV infections, and even death.

Prevention

To prevent Syphilis, you should not have unprotected sex.