The Great Pretender

How is this disease transmitted?

You can get syphilis by direct contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal,anal, or oral sex. sores can be found on the penis, vagina, anus, in the rectum, or on the lips and in the mouth.
Syphilis is a spirochete bacteria its scientific name is Treponema pallidum.

How common is this disorder?

In 2014 there were 63,450 reported new causes of syphilis in the US.


Correct and consistent use of latex condoms can reduce the risk of syphilis only when the infected area or site of potential exposure is protected.

What are the symptoms to this disorder?

Syphilis has been called "The Great Pretender" as its symptoms can look like many other diseases.

Ex: skin rashes or mucous membrane lesions

What part of the body is affected ?

External genitals



In the rectum


In the mouth


Syphilis is easy to cure in its first stage with a single injection of long acting Benzathine Penilillin G

in syphilis's secendary stage it will take three doses of long active Benzathine Penilillin G

What diagnostic tests are done

RPR (Rapid Plasma Reagin)--in addition to screening, this test is useful in monitoring treatment for syphilis.