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A highly contagious sexually transmitted disease, Syphilis is caused and spread by the Treponema pallidum bacterium. The disease goes unnoticed in its early stages, since it is spread from sores that are often unrecognized. As a result, the infected person unknowingly passes on the disease to their sexual partner. The infection may pass on from a pregnant mother to her baby, which may even prove fatal for the child.

Syphilis Symptoms

The disease poses a serious health problem, and has been on the rise, with an increasing number of cases every year. If left untreated, the condition may develop into more serious health problems, including arthritis and blindness. It may even cause damage to the brain.

A blood test is usually performed on the patient to diagnose syphilis. Some doctors use testing fluid from a syphilis sore for diagnosis and to rule out other conditions.

Syphilis Treatment

A single dose of penicillin may be enough to destroy the infection if the condition has been affecting you for less than a year. Other antibiotic drugs may be administered to patients allergic to penicillin.

The best way to prevent a sexually transmitted disease like syphilis is to have sex with a faithful partner or use protection during intercourse. This will help reduce your chances of contracting infection.


1- www.nhs.uk/conditions/Syphilis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

2- www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/stdfact-syphilis.htm

3- www.webmd.com/sexual-conditions/guide/syphilis?page=2

4- www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/syphilis/basics/symptoms/con-20021862

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