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Syphilis

How Do I Prevent Syphilis?

Syphilis can be prevented with safer sex practices, such as using condoms if you do not know your partner(s) STI status. The only way to fully prevent syphilis is to avoid contact with infected skin or membranes of those who carry the disease. Discuss with your partner(s) about the possible…

What Is the Treatment for Syphilis?

Treating Syphilis in the Early Stage Syphilis is easy to treat if it’s detected in the early stages. The patient can be given an intramuscular injection of benzathine penicillin G to cure syphilis regardless of whether they have primary, secondary, or early latent syphilis. Early treatment is critical in patients…

What Are the Symptoms of Syphilis?

The┬ástages of syphilis, a bacterial infection, each present with a different set of symptoms. The four stages are primary, secondary, tertiary, and latent. In some cases, you can have syphilis but not show symptoms. Primary Phase The first symptom of syphilis is a chancre or painless…

What Is Syphilis?

Syphilis is an STI that spreads when bacteria enters the body through mucous membranes or skin abrasions. Syphilis can be cured easily with antibiotics, but it can cause lasting damage if left untreated. Using condoms during sex reduces your risk of getting syphilis. Syphilis Symptoms Syphilis can infect the genitals,…

Can Syphilis Be Passed on to Newborns?

Pregnant women who have syphilis can pass the disease to their unborn child. When this occurs, it is referred to as congenital syphilis, as it is a condition that is present from birth. A baby can be born with congenital syphilis that has been passed to them through the mother…

What is Latent Syphilis?

Latent syphilis is often called the hidden stage of syphilis because no signs or symptoms of the disease will be present during this stage. Latent syphilis can last for years and as long as syphilis remains untreated, the person will remain infected, regardless of whether they are experiencing any symptoms.

What is Tertiary Syphilis?

All stages of syphilis are contagious except for the tertiary phase. The tertiary stage of syphilis usually occurs when it is not treated during the first three phases. Syphilis is classified by four stages: primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary. The time to reach the tertiary phase varies from 5-15 years…

What is Secondary Syphilis?

The second or secondary stage of syphilis is usually seen anywhere from 4-14 weeks after the primary infection. Secondary syphilis has a diverse presentation and can mimic other diseases. The symptoms usually involved in secondary syphilis include the following: Skin: A rash is not always seen in secondary syphilis, but…

What is Primary Syphilis?

Primary syphilis, or the first stage of the infection, can last between 5-90 days after it is acquired. Once syphilis is acquired, the infection progresses into four stages that include primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary. The key features of primary syphilis include the following: Chancre: a primary skin lesion, called…

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