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Syphilis Syphilis is an STD caused by a bacterium Anyone having unprotected sex with an infected person can get syphilis Syphilis is passed from person to person through direct contact with the syphilis sore lesion or moist rash It can be passed through sexual contact which includes vaginal anal and oral sex Kissing can pass the disease if one of the people has a sore on the lips or in the mouth Pregnant woman can pass the disease to their babies before birth The first stage of Syphilis is marked by a single sore or chancre It is firm round and painless The chancre could appear on the penis mouth or lips inside or outside the vagina or anus or on the hand The chancre lasts 1-5 weeks and heals on its own The second stage of Syphilis is marked when one or more rashes appear on the hands and soles of the feet in the groin area and all over the body Some of the rashes look like symptoms of other diseases The second stage symptoms can also include fever swollen lymph glands sore throat patchy hair loss muscle aches and tiredness The rashes lasts 2-6 weeks and clear up on their own About 25 of untreated people will have a return of the second stage symptoms within 12 months If Syphilis is left untreated the symptoms will disappear but the germ will remain within the body and may seriously damage the brain the heart and the nervous system The results of the inside damage shows up many years later The final result may be death The symptoms usually appear between 10-90 days average 21 days Laboratory testing and physical examination diagnose it The more sex partners a person have the greater the chance of having Syphilis A latex condom put on before having sex and worn until the penis is withdrawn is a good defense against infection from sores the condom
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