Syphilis is one of the most common diseases faced by many. It’s important that we have a quick discussion about its symptoms, how they’re contracted, and the most effective preventive measures available.
WHAT IS SYPHILIS?
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that can cause serious health problems if gone untreated. It is caused by a bacteria called Treponema pallidum. Since it is a bacterial infection, it is treatable with proper medical attention.
HOW IS SYPHILIS TRANSMITTED?
Direct contact with a person’s infected area will allow the bacteria to enter another person’s system through the mucous membranes or any opening on the skin. Syphilis is usually contracted through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral intercourse.
In some cases, one can get syphilis by merely kissing a person with a syphilis sore (chancre) on the mouth. Chancres can also infect the vagina, penis, anus, or scrotum. Even though chancres are painless, they’re definitely highly infectious. This means that the person is required to seek immediate help before getting involved with any sexual activities.
Syphilis can also be transmitted from mother to child if the mother is infected during pregnancy and childbirth.
THE FOUR STAGES OF SYPHILIS
This is when the sores or chancres appear.
This involves rashes and swollen lymph nodes. The infected person may also run a fever.
This is the latent stage when the symptoms on the first two stages may or may not continue to appear.
This involves severe medical problems. This may affect the major organs in the body.
HOW TO TREAT SYPHILIS
Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics. Therefore, antibiotic treatment prevents Syphilis from progressing to further stages, particularly with penicillin. It's much quicker to fight off the bacteria when you catch it even before it has shown symptoms. If you’ve been infected for many years without receiving any treatment, you may have to face life-threatening health complications.
It’s best to find out and get tested early on to follow the best course of action for your healing.
It’s a common concern for the public whether Syphilis can be contracted through kissing or not.
There are only a few well-known STDs that can be transmittable by an act as innocent as a kiss. The answer is yes. Syphilis is one of them. Unfortunately, it can be contagious through chancres present in the mouth, which are not always visible. This means that your chances of getting syphilis are increased if you compare it to other types of STDs.
With a higher probability of getting infected with Syphilis, it’s best to take precautions early on in the relationship. If either or both parties have had multiple partners in the past, do not hesitate to get tested and receive proper treatments.
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