By Ana S TB 4
What is Syphilis?
Bacteria called spirochetes that are transmitted through sexual intercourse.
- Primary: Red, firm, sometimes wet sores (chancre) on genitalia- no pain involved, swollen glands
- Secondary: Rashes on soles of feet and palms of hands, fever, and achiness
- Latent: Period of illness- chancre are hidden but present
- Tertiary: If syphilis still goes untreated, it spreads all over- can affect brain, heart, spinal cord, and bones. Can lead to difficulty walking, numbness, blindness, and death
- Doctors look at discharge from chancre
- Late stages cannot treated
- Spirochetes can spread throughout body- infecting major organs
- Brain damage
- Can harm unborn babies
- Increases risk of HIV infection
- Don't engage in sexual intercourse
- Latex condoms