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What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a type of bacteria known as a spirochete.

How is Syphilis transmitted?

Syphilis is passed from one person to another through direct contact with a syphilis sore during sexual intercourse. It can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby during pregnancy.

What are the symptoms of Syphilis?

Syphilis can cause painless, red, firm, and sometimes wet sores on the rectum, vagina, penis, or mouth. You can also get rashes on the soles of your hands and feet and develop flu-like symptoms.

How is Syphilis treated?

The early stages of syphilis can easily be cured by antibiotics. Someone who has been infected for a while requires treatment for a longer period of time. If it is left untreated, it can cause damage to the body in later stages; it can still be cured, but the damage is irreversible.

What problems are caused by Syphilis?

If syphilis is left untreated, the spirochetes spread throughout the whole body, infecting major organs. This can lead to brain damage, major birth defects, and a higher chance of contracting HIV from open sores.

How can Syphilis be prevented?

Syphilis can be prevented by not having sex, using latex condoms when embracing in sexual intercourse, and to limit your number of sexual partners.
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