On the subject of STDs, a lot of people are usually familiar with diseases like herpes and HIV. Having said that, a small number of people are completely conscious of the dangers and ramifications of one more disease that is a lot more widespread than some may think --- syphilis. Although syphilis is widely seen by many as a considerably less prevalent STD, this doesn't get rid of from the truth that if neglected, syphilis could possibly become a serious life-long issue.

Symptoms of Syphilis

Primary syphilis takes place within three weeks of contact with an afflicted person. The symptoms of syphilis are countless; before the introduction of serological testing, the medical diagnosis was tougher and the disease was branded as the "Great Imitator" since it was frequently confused with other medical problems. Syphilis is never spread by means of contact with utensils, clothing, hot tubs, swimming pools, door knobs, and toilet seats. The final stage of syphilis is known as tertiary syphilis and is distinguished by human brain or central nervous system participation, cardiovascular involvement with swelling of the aorta, and gummatous syphilis. Not treated, syphilis can result in severe complications or even death. However, with early medical diagnosis and medical care, the disease can be effectively treated.

How to treat Syphilis

The development of syphilis surely paints a frightening image; but yet, syphilis is completely treatable and can be conveniently eradicated if it is found out in its initial stages. A single shot of antibiotics can remedy a person who has had syphilis for no more than a year. For individuals who are found to have been afflicted with the disease for longer than one year, extra doses of prescribed medication are usually required to control the condition.

Unfortunately, having syphilis at one moment in time is not going to safeguard an individual from getting infected with it once again. As opposed to what many people might think, syphilis is unlike chicken pox; it isn't a "one time only" health problem. Once one is informed that his syphilis has been treated, that announcement refers only to the particular infection that was just dealt with; a reoccurrence is quite possible if a treated syphilis patient comes into sexual contact with someone afflicted with the infection.

A small fraction of sufferers does not react to the normal doses of penicillin. For this reason, it is essential that patients get regular repeat blood tests to ensure that the infectious agent has been entirely eradicated and there is absolutely no further indication of the infection.