One of the most widespread sexually-transmitted diseases today, syphilis is an infection caused by bacterium that is spread through unprotected sex or from infected mother to child.
Once infected, a person may manifest some signs and symptoms that may appear after a number of weeks or months since first exposure to the bacteria.
The first symptom of syphilis is a small, painless sore called chancre that will appear on the area of the body where the bacteria entered. It will persist there for a few weeks and disappear on its own, despite not getting any treatment for it.
Then, syphilis will progress to its secondary stage where more symptoms show up, such as headaches, rashes, joint pains, and appetite loss. If you still fail to get tested and treated for it, you will move on to the latent and final stage which may result to serious complications to major bodily systems and organs.
If you want to protect yourself from this infection, you have to be aware of how to prevent it effectively. Here are some tips:
- Always use protection when having sex
- Avoid having multiple sex partners
- Get tested for syphilis regularly or routinely
It is also important to consult a doctor to learn more about this infection.