What Is Syphilis: Causes, Symptoms, Stages, Testing, Treatment, Prevention
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Hi, this is Mark Besser of Besser Health Care.
In this video, I will discuss Syphilis and
its symptoms, stages, transmission, risk factors,
diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
And our recommendation on how and where you
can get tested, either you want to know for
sure if you are Syphilis-free, or if you think
you have Syphilis, with fast, affordable,
and 100% discreet, private, and confidential
What Is Syphilis?
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection
caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum.
It is easily curable with antibiotics. However,
without proper treatment, syphilis can cause
serious and permanent problems like brain
damage, paralysis, and blindness. The only
way to know if you have syphilis is to get
What Are Syphilis Symptoms?
Syphilis develops in stages, and each stage
may come with different symptoms. However,
syphilis can be confusing and sneaky. Stages
may overlap or may not always happen in the
same order. Sores caused by syphilis may be
hidden, since they can appear in hard-to-see
areas. Syphilis can also go through periods
when there are no symptoms for years. Even
when signs are apparent, syphilis may still
be overlooked. Syphilis has been called “The
Great Pretender” because its symptoms in
men and women can seem like many other diseases.
At any stage, syphilis can spread and cause
damage to the brain and nervous system called
neurosyphilis, and the eye called ocular syphilis.
The first sign of syphilis is usually a small
painless sore called a chancre. It appears
at the spot bacteria entered your body, often
on, around, or inside the genitals or anus/rectum
and sometimes on the lips or mouth. And it's
usually single, but may be multiple.
Chancres usually develop within 3 weeks of
infection, although symptoms may appear from
10 to 90 days after infection. Because a chancre
is usually painless and may be hidden inside
the vagina or rectum, a person may not even
know they have primary stage syphilis.
Chancres heal on their own within 3-6 weeks.
Even when a chancre disappears, the syphilis
bacteria are still in the body unless a person
While a chancre is healing or several weeks
after it has healed, a person with syphilis
may progress to the secondary stage.
Secondary syphilis symptoms include:
– Skin rashes which usually aren’t itchy
– Lesions in the mouth, vagina, or anus
– Swollen glands in neck, groin, or armpits
– Weight loss
– Hair loss
– Sore throat
– Muscle ache
Symptoms will go away whether you get treatment
or not. They may come back later or not return
at all. But without the right treatment, syphilis
stays in the body, and the infection can progress
to the latent or even tertiary stage of syphilis.
Latent syphilis symptoms include:
– No symptoms, even for years
Although latent syphilis is silent with no
visible signs or symptoms of syphilis present,
the infection isn’t gone. During the early
part of the latent stage, a person is contagious,
even when no signs are present.
Many people with untreated syphilis don’t
develop tertiary syphilis. However, when it
happens, it’s very destructive. Tertiary
syphilis can impact many different organ systems
and cause serious problems and even death.
Tertiary syphilis symptoms may include:
– Large sores called gummata, which appear
inside the body or on the skin
– Deep, boring bone pain
– Heart problems
– Vision problems or blindness
While syphilis can be treated at any stage,
treatment does not reverse the damage that
has already been done.
How Do You Get Syphilis?
Syphilis is most commonly spread through skin-to-skin
or mucous membrane contact with someone’s
syphilitic sore, also known as a chancre.
This contact most commonly happens during
vaginal, anal, and oral sex or sexual contact.
Syphilis is contagious during its primary
and secondary stages, and it can sometimes
be spread during the early latent period when
symptoms stop showing.
Syphilis can also be transmitted from pregnant
women to their baby, which is called congenital
syphilis or CS. Congenital syphilis can be
dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention or CDC reports that up to 40%
of babies born to women with untreated syphilis
may be stillborn, or die from the infection
as a newborn.
Who Is At Risk of Syphilis?
Anybody who is sexually active can get syphilis
during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
You may have an increased risk of getting
syphilis if you:
– Have unprotected sex
– Have partner or partners who have tested
positive for syphilis
– Have multiple sex partners
– Are a man who has sex with men or MSM
– Have HIV
The CDC also recommends all pregnant women
get tested for syphilis during their first
Is Syphilis Curable?
Yes. Syphilis is easily curable with prescription
antibiotics. When caught in the early stages,
syphilis is simple to cure with a single injection
Depending on how long you’ve had syphilis
or how the infection has progressed, the amount
and type of treatment may vary. Treatment
kills the syphilis bacteria, but it does not
repair the damage that’s been done.
How Do You Prevent Syphilis?
The best way to prevent syphilis is to not
have sex, but having safer sex helps reduce
your risk. Using a latex condom or dental
dam every time you have sex provides a barrier
against direct contact with a sore. However,
sometimes sores pop up in areas that aren’t
covered, and contact with these sores can
Limiting your sexual partners or having a
mutually monogamous relationship with a sex
partner who has tested negative for syphilis
can help you prevent infection. If you think
you or your sexual partner or partners have
syphilis, get tested. Regular STD testing
keeps you informed about your sexual health
status and empowers early detection and treatment.
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