All you need to know about syphilis
Posted By Suborna Fermi
Posted on May 23, 2022
What is Syphilis?
Syphilis is a highly contagious bacterial infection, which is transmitted through sexual contact. This infection can be curable in the primal phases, but without a proper course of medication, it can be life threatening.
Here is the detailed information including symptoms, causes and diagnosing of syphilis, are discussed below
Who is more prone to get syphilis infection?
Risk factors for syphilis are:
- If you have had an unprotected sex
- If you have had unprotected sex with several partners
- If you have HIV
- If you are gay or bisexual, and had sex with a man who has sex with men
Phases of Syphilis:
Medical professionals have divided syphilis development in four stages, such as:
- Primary syphilis
- Secondary syphilis
- Latent syphilis
- Tertiary or late syphilis
Syphilis is highly contagious during the primary and secondary stage.
Symptoms of Syphilis are:
The primary syphilis symptoms are round painless syphilitic sores. In the latent stage, syphilis often does not show symptoms. The secondary syphilis symptoms are:
- Weight loss
- Hair loss
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Sore in the oral and genital areas
Causes of Syphilis
Syphilis is caused by the Treponema Pallidum virus. An infected person can spread this virus during sexual activity. An infected pregnant woman can pass this infection into the fetus. Though this infection is highly contagious, it cannot spread by touching objects, such as doorknobs and toilet seats.
Diagnosing of Syphilis
Your doctors will probably ask you about your sexual history and do a physical examination before advising clinical tests. Then your doctor will recommend you to go for a blood test, to detect current or past syphilis infection.
Screening tests for syphilis usually include:
SYPHILIS RAPID TEST, which is a blood test.
VDRL (RPR) FOR SYPHILIS test, which can be done on blood or spinal fluid
Here is all the information regarding syphilis. If have had unprotected sex and notice syphiltic sores, then do visit to a doctor as soon as possible. Syphilis can be fully curable with antibiotics and proper doctor’s guidance.