Syphilis is classified as a sexually transmitted disease (STD) because it is most commonly spread through sexual contact. This bacteria can cause serious health problems or even death if left untreated. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for contracting any STD, including syphilis. Practicing abstinence (not having sex at all) avoids this risk.
People get it by coming in direct contact with a syphilis sore during oral, vaginal, or anal sex. It can also be passed during kissing if contact is made with an open sore. These sores can be in, on, or around the genitalia, mouth, or anus.
It lives in the body and has four (4) stages - primary, secondary, latent, and late. In its final stages is when it is fatal. Since it is a bacterium and not a virus, certain antibiotics can cure it in its early stages. Most doctors recommend penicillin. Other antibiotics can be ordered for those that are allergic to penicillin.
Many times people with syphilis will show symptoms but sometimes they will not. If symptoms are present, they will show up differently depending on the stage of the infection.
Sexual transmission is not the only way to contract this disease. A pregnant mother can pass it on to her children during childbirth causing the children to be infected.
Syphilis testing at a lab with a blood sample is the way to diagnose this infection.
STAGE 1) If there are symptoms, about 3 weeks after infection a small sore may develop in the area where the bacteria entered the body. It may be located in or on the genitals, anus, or mouth. Most people only get one sore, but it is possible to have several. It is usually painless and goes away in a couple weeks. Many times it goes unnoticed.
STAGE 2) Secondary - After the first sore heals, a rash may develop. It starts on the body's core (the area that covers the abdomen, sides, and back) and eventually spreads to the entire body, including the hands and feet. Sores may also develop in the mouth or genital area. The rash is usually not itchy and may be also come with flu like symptoms including fever, a sore throat, muscle aches, and swollen lymph glands. These symptoms may disappear within a few weeks, or they may come and go over the course of a year. Even if they do go away, it is important to get fast syphilis testing.
STAGE 3) Latent - This is when the syphilis infection is not treated and the above symptoms disappear. The bacteria is still living and thriving in the body at this time and can lie dormant (show no indications) for years.
STAGE 4) Late - At this time, the bacteria can eat away at a person's brain, organs, nerves, bones, and joints. This stage is when it becomes fatal. This disease may or may not have indications. Syphilis testing tells a person if they are infected or not. Get started now.
Syphilis testing is so important because when it is properly treated, it can be cured. If it is not treated, it can kill. Many times people do not know they are infected. Symptoms may not be present, or they may be inadvertently ignored. It is recommended that all people who are sexually active get syphilis testing annually, and with every new partner. It is also recommended that expectant mothers test for syphilis during their pregnancy.
There are thousands of local STD testing centers all over the U.S. offering STD testing for chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, and syphilis. Syphilis testing can be purchased alone. However, physicians recommend getting a full panel STD test that includes all of them.
The process is easy. Simply order your test online, stop by a convenient testing center to give a quick blood sample, and they will complete the screening. Your confidential results will be emailed to you within 1-2 days. If it comes back positive, a doctor's consultation is provided to help you get fast treatment.
It can easily be cured in it's early stages with antibiotics. Most doctors will recommend an antibiotic called penicillin. Different medications can be prescribed for people who may have an allergic reaction penicillin.
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