Syphilis

Why Should YOU Be Infected?

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a sexually-transmitted disease that is a small bacteria and in the shape of a corkscrew. Syphilis can live anywhere in the body.

How is Syphilis spread?

Syphilis is passed on through vaginal, oral, and/or anal sex. This is because all three forms of sex provide the opportunity for an individual to come into direct contact with a syphlis sore on their infected partner.

What are Symptoms of Syphilis?

Syphilis happens in stages. Primarily, syphilis has symptoms of red, firm, painless chancres that aren't always seen. If left untreated, the infected individual develops rashes, flu-like symptoms, blindness, numbness, difficulty walking and death.

How is Syphilis Treated?

Syphilis is best prevented by abstinence, but antibiotics cure it also. The key is early prevention and getting checked regularly.

Other Information

Syphilis is an STD, which means it can only be spread through sexual contact and not by towels, doorknobs, or toilet seats.

Statistics:

  • In 1999, over 35,000 adult cases of syphilis and 556 cases in newborns were reported.
  • Eight of the nine states that have more syphilis cases are found in the South of the U.S.
  • Syphilis occurs mostly among persons between 20 to 39 years of age.
  • Men suffer 1.5 times more of syphilis than women.

Be SMART

A good decision-making strategy is to use open communication with your partner and make it routine for both of you to get checked out for any STDs, or even pregnancy. Use protection and common sense, and be honest with your partner and yourself! If your partner does not respect your personal beliefs when it comes to your sexual relationship, maybe you should take into consideration that the person you are with is not the person you should be with.

By Genausha Moses and Taina Moya