Syphilis

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What is Syphilis?

A sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacteria called spirochete.

How is Syphilis transmitted?


*Through direct contact with a syphilis sore during sex


*From mother to baby during pregnancy


*Can't be spread through objects

Signs & Symptoms

*Chancres (sores) appear on vagina, rectum, penis, or mouth


*Swollen glands


*Rash on hands and feet


*Flu-like symptoms

Treatment

*Antibiotics


*Visiting a medical doctor or a gynecologist


*Blood tests to look for infection

Problems

*Possible death


*Contagious


*Passes onto child if the diagnosed mother is pregnant


*Difficulty walking


*Numbness


*Blindness


*Affects the brain, heart, spinal cord & bones

Prevention

*Do not have sex


*Use a latex condom


*Have as few sexual partners as possible