Syphilis is a widespread sexually transmitted disease or STD today and is often called the "great imitator" because its symptoms are similar to that of other diseases.

How Syphilis gets transmitted

It can be transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse and direct contact with syphilis sores on the penis, vagina, or anus of an infected person. These sores can also appear in the patient's mouth and lips.

Sometimes, syphilis can also be transmitted from an infected pregnant woman to her baby during pregnancy. This case is called congenital syphilis.

Caused by the bacterium called Treponema pallidum, syphilis can bring about major damage once it enters the human body.

The four stages of Syphilis

A person who contracts syphilis would go through four stages of the disease. The stages are the primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary/late syphilis.

Some of the common syphilis symptoms are nausea, vomiting, facial paralysis, aphasia, hemiplegia, convulsions, and so on. If a syphilis patient fails to get tested and treated right away and he or she gets to the later stages of syphilis, the tertiary stage can bring serious threat and harm as it damages some bodily organs.

Cerebral Syphilis can happen if a person reaches the late stage of syphilis and could end up with serious complications such as meningitis, gummatous, and endarteric.

To avoid all these, get a syphilis test as soon as possible to be able to receive the appropriate treatment to cure this infection.