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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can lead to severe complications.
It is a bacterial infection caused by Treponema pallidum that is transmitted through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. In the US alone, a total of 30,644 cases of syphilis were reported in 2017.
The disease is divided into four stages, with each stage presenting a different set of symptoms. The four stages of the infection are:
The spread and risk factors of syphilis are slightly different in men than in women. Here’s what CDC reports from epidemiological studies in American men and women:
The most common sites of syphilis sores are the penis, labia, vagina, anus, rectum, and mouth. You can get the disease by direct skin-to-skin contact with a syphilis sore during vaginal, rectal, anal, and oral sex with your infected partner.
The latent stage is usually the symptom-free stage. If left untreated, it may last from a few weeks to months and even years.
Not all people who are not treated for the disease go into the tertiary stage. Infected people may remain asymptomatic for years. The infection in tertiary syphilis is life-threatening and spreads throughout most organs, including the heart, liver, and brain.
Absolutely! It is a curable disease that can be treated with antibiotics.
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