Syphilis is one these common STDs that we have been warned about. It is a complication that could last all our lifetime. It has so many adverse effects to the human body and it could lead to much more serious diseases if left undiagnosed and untreated.
The Different Syphilis Stages
The early stage of syphilis will have small sores appearing around the genital area. They are not painful, but will be visible there for up to six weeks.
Then, in the second stage, patches of red and pink will start to emerge in multiple areas of the body. They are rashes that may eventually turn brown or dark red. A patient will also have fever, fatigue, and headache. He or she will lose a remarkable amount of weight, and experience swelling of the lymph nodes.
In the latent stage, the symptoms depend on whether a patient has acquired any kind of treatment for the disease or not. If a patient is taking medication, he or she might not show any more symptoms as the first and second stage signs are already beginning to disappear. Otherwise, the bacteria will find its way to the other body organs and systems and start attacking every single one of them. The heart, bones, joints, brain, and the nervous system will be put to too much risk if this happens. Numbness, paralysis, and dementia are just three of the worst case scenarios he or she might have to deal with.
Testing For Syphilis
A person infected with syphilis should undergo diagnostic tests to detect the presence of the infection. Usually, a doctor will examine the sores to verify the type of STD that the patient has.
A blood sample will also be taken so that the presence of syphilis antibodies can be determined. This test gives accurate results, and is safe and cheap. At first, there might be a possibility of not being able to detect the antibodies, but it is strongly encouraged to take several more blood tests for confirmation and assurance.