Syphilis is a serious disease that can affect your entire body. If not treated, syphilis may cause serious health problems year later, such as heart or brain damage.
You can have it without knowing and pass it to others.
Syphilis can be spread during oral, vaginal and anal sex.
Pregnant ladies with syphilis can give it to their unborn child, sometimes causing birth defects –even death.
The sign and symptoms
Sores often go unnoticed and may disappear on their own if not treated, but infection is still active. Symptoms may appear from days to month after infection.
- Painless sore around or in the vagina, on the penis, inside the mouth or near the anus.
- “Flu”likes symptoms.
- Rash on the palms of the hand, soles of the feet, or over the whole body.
A simple blood test can tell whether you have been exposed to syphilis.
Syphilis is cured with antibiotics.
If you have a syphilis, you partner will need to know so that they can see their doctor and possibly be treated. Re-infection from an untreated partner can happen.