With the various advancement in technology and research today, it is quite hard to comprehend why there are still a lot of STD cases that remain undiagnosed and untreated. Is it because a lot of people are ignorant and uneducated when it comes to STDs? Is it because there is a lack of effort to spread more awareness about these infections?
Whatever the reasons are, we should not stop working together. STDs, such as syphilis, can bring about very serious symptoms and complications that can really damage a person's body.
Symptoms of Syphilis
Once syphilis infects a person, he or she might not manifest symptoms right away. The initial symptom, which is a painless sore called a chancre, may appear after about three weeks after initial exposure to the bacteria. And because the sore is small, many tend to miss it and not notice it. Also, the chancre will go away after some time, so a lot of people do not think of it as something to pay attention to.
However, the disappearance of the chancre does not mean that the syphilis is cured. If a person fails to get tested at this point, he or she becomes at risk of experiencing more symptoms such as fever, lower abdominal pains, rashes, itchiness around the genitals, and more.
Complications if testing is left too late
Now, if testing is still not done after all the other symptoms pop up, one becomes in danger of suffering from complications that will affect the major bodily organs, including the parts of the reproductive system. This is not a good thing, so it is necessary to get tested early on.
Once a person gets tested for syphilis and tests positive, the doctor will prescribe the appropriate antibiotic treatment for the infection.
Syphilis can be easily detected with the use of a syphilis rapid test kit.