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Syphilis

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Over 12 million people World Wide carry this Std

There are 3 stages of syphilis

Syphilis

What it is

Syphilis is a dangerous disease that can affect the whole body.

  • Syphilis is caused by bacteria (a kind of germ).
  • You get syphilis by having sex with someone who has it.
  • Syphilis can be spread by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

Symptoms

The signs of syphilis can be so mild that you may never notice them. The first sign is a painless sore, called a chancre. This sore can be on or near the vagina, penis, mouth, or anus.

  • You may not even see or feel the sore.
  • It heals by itself even if it is not treated. But you still have syphilis.

After a few weeks or months, you may have some of these signs:

  • Rash
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Hair loss
  • Sore throat
  • Headaches

These signs may also go away without treatment. But you still have the disease.

Long-term effects

Syphilis can be cured with medicine. But if you don't get treated, you could:

  • Pass it on to others.
  • Have a higher chance of getting HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).

If not treated, over time syphilis can cause serious health problems, such as:

  • Blindness
  • Brain damage
  • Heart disease
  • Death

If a woman has syphilis while she is pregnant:

  • Her baby could have birth defects.
  • Her baby may be born dead.

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