Syphilis is an STD

Syphilis is a sexually-transmitted infection brought about by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. It is one of the most widespread STDs at present. It is placed third, and many people want to lessen the number of syphilis patients with the release of more effective antibiotics.

Syphilis' four stages

There are actually four stages of syphilis. When a person gets afflicted with the syphilis bacteria, he will move through each and every stage, which takes many weeks, until the correct treatment is used.

The initial or first stage of syphilis occurs when an individual manifests a tiny sore called chancre. Chancres show up on the spot where the syphilis bacteria entered the body. They are usually found on the genitals, mouth area, or anus. They stay on for between 4 and 6 weeks and then go away. Their disappearance does not necessarily mean that a syphilis-infected person has been treated. It simply signifies that the person is moving ahead onto the subsequent stage of syphilis.

The second stage of syphilis kicks in a minimum of two weeks after the chancres disappearance. During this period, some other signs and symptoms of syphilis will begin to pop up including a flat papule called condylomata lata in the corners of the mouth area, genitals, or anus.

The third stage of syphilis, also referred to as the latent stage, occurs next. During this period, a syphilis patient is not going to show noticeable signs and symptoms of the infection. It may go on for many years. 

The last stage of syphilis is considered the most concerning of them all. It is the period when numerous complications occur. During this period, the patient may suffer from joint inflammations, CNS problems, bone ailments, heart valve irregularities, aneurysms, and other health problems that have an effect on the different organs of the body system.

Syphilis tests

Once you suspect that you may have contracted syphilis, you are highly urged to get a syphilis test. Once you develop a chancre, you must head out and get tested for syphilis. There is absolutely no good reason to wait. Syphilis is seriously contagious therefore it is essential that it must be stopped before it victimizes more and more people.

You can stop by your doctor and have yourself tested for syphilis. Blood samples, as well as other bodily fluid samples, are needed when going through a syphilis test. Laboratories generally search for traces of the syphilis bacteria in these samples to be able to tell whether an individual has syphilis or not. Should you test positive for syphilis, your personal doctor will prescribe you with an antibiotic medication that can help eliminate the infection as soon as possible.