Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by bacteria. You can get syphilis by having sex with someone who already has syphilis. Syphilis can infect the mouth, genital area, or rectum. It also may get into your body through cuts or broken skin. If untreated, syphilis can infect other parts of your body. Syphilis can be treated and cured with antibiotic drugs. The symptoms of syphilis can be very mild during the early stages. Later, untreated syphilis can cause serious health problems. People with syphilis are also much more likely to get HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) if exposed to it. There are four stages of syphilis: * Primary (first) stage. The first signs (painless sores called chancres) of syphilis infection appear. The disease can easily be passed to another person when sores are present. If not treated, the disease continues to the second stage. * Secondary (second) stage. Signs and symptoms include a skin rash. As in the first stage, the disease can be passed to another person when signs and symptoms are present. If not treated, the disease progresses to the next stage. * Latent (hidden) stage. The disease is no longer contagious and cannot be passed to another person anymore. Some people with latent syphilis have no further symptoms or problems. * Tertiary (third) or last stage. Some people with syphilis go on to suffer damage to body organs. They can develop serious complications or die from the disease.

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Syphilis Symptoms

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Screening and diagnosis
... If you have painless sores in your genital area and enlarged lymph nodes in your groin area, see your doctor. These may be signs of syphilis. Treatment in the early stages of syphilis can prevent seri...
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Signs and symptoms
... The signs and symptoms of syphilis occur in three stages — primary, secondary and tertiary. Primary These signs may occur from 10 days to three months after exposure: A small, painless sore (cha...
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Syphilis Prevention

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Prevention
... To reduce your risk of syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases, practice safe sex: Avoid sex, or limit sexual relations to a single, uninfected partner. If you don''t know the STD status of y...
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Syphilis Treatment

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Complications
... If you''re pregnant, it is possible for you to pass syphilis to your unborn child. Blood containing the bacteria reaches the fetus through the placenta. More than half of women who are pregnant and wh...
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Treatment
... Early diagnosis and treatment with penicillin can kill the organism that causes syphilis and stop the progression of the disease. Left untreated, the disease can lead to serious complications or death...
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Syphilis Other

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Syphilis
... What is syphilis? Syphilis is an infection that can lead to life-threatening conditions if it is not treated. It is a sexually transmitted disease, or STD, which means that it is caught by having sex ...
Source: Cleveland Clinic

Overview
... Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually transmitted by sexual contact. The disease affects your genitals, skin and mucous membranes, but it may also involve many other parts of your body, including ...
Source: MayoClinic

   

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