What causes syphilis?

Syphilis is a common sexually-transmitted disease caused by a microorganism that enters a person's body during the exchange of sex fluids during intercourse or wounds.

Who can get syphilis?

Anyone can contract syphilis. It can strike men, women, old people, teenagers, and even babies. It is said to be one of top five most common STDs in the world.

What are the symptoms of syphilis?

The first symptom of syphilis is a small, round, painless sore known as a chancre. It will appear in that body part where the syphilis bacterium entered. So, a chance might pop up in the mouth, rectum, penis, or vagina.

A chancre might persist up to about three weeks and disappear on its own. A person who experiences this has to get tested for syphilis as soon as possible since the disappearance of a chancre means the next batch of symptoms is about to manifest.

The symptoms of syphilis in the later stages are frequent muscle and joint pains, appetite loss, hair loss, and inflammation of the glands. Eventually, if testing and treatment are still not done, syphilis can spread to the other bodily organs such as the kidneys, brain, liver, and heart.