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Syphilis is a common sexually transmitted infection. Syphilis is divided into stages (latent, primary, secondary, tertiary), each with different symptoms. You can get syphilis if you have direct contact with an infected person during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Syphilis can be passed from an infected mother to her unborn baby, so prompt treatment is essential.

What is syphilis?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that will cause serious health problems if it's not treated. Syphilis is split into stages (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary). There are different signs and symptoms related to each stage.

How is syphilis spread?

You can get syphilis by direct contact with syphilis and having sex by the oral, vagina, and anal. You'll find sores on or around the penis, vagina, or anus, or within the rectum, on the lips, or within the mouth. Syphilis can spread from an infected mother to her unborn baby.

What does syphilis look like?

Syphilis is split into stages (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary), with different signs and symptoms related to each stage. An individual with syphilis generally features a sore or sores at the first site of infection. These sores usually occur on or around the genitals, around the anus or within the rectum, or in or around the mouth—the sores at this place (but not always) firm, round, and painless. Symptoms of syphilis include rash, swollen lymph nodes, and fever. The signs and symptoms of primary and syphilis are often mild and won't be noticed. During the latent stage, there are not no signs or symptoms. Syphilis is related to severe medical problems. A doctor can usually diagnose syphilis with the assistance of multiple tests. It can affect the guts, brain, and other organs of the body.

How am I able to reduce my risk of getting syphilis?

The only thanks to avoiding STDs is not to have sex oral, vaginal and anal.

If you're sexually active, you'll do the subsequent things to lower your chances of getting syphilis:

Being during a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested for syphilis and doesn't have syphilis;

Using latex condoms the proper way whenever you've got sex. Condoms help you to prevent syphilis by preventing contact with a sore. Sometimes sores occur in areas not covered by a condom. Contact with these sores can still transmit syphilis.

Am I in danger of syphilis?

Any sexually active person can get syphilis through unprotected sex. Have an honest and open talk together with your health care provider and ask whether you ought to be tested for syphilis or other STDs.

Women who are pregnant should be tested for syphilis at their first prenatal visit.
You should get tested regularly for syphilis if you're sexually active and are a person who has sex with men, are living with HIV, or have a partner(s) who have tested positive for syphilis.

I’m pregnant. How does syphilis affect my baby?

If you're pregnant and have syphilis, you'll give the infection to your unborn baby. Having syphilis can cause low birth weight babies. It also can make it more likely you'll deliver your baby too early or stillborn (a baby born dead). To give protection for your baby, you ought to be tested for syphilis a minimum of once during your pregnancy. Receive immediate treatment if you test positive.

An infected baby could also be born without signs or symptoms of the disease. However, if not treated immediately, the baby may develop serious problems within a couple of weeks. Untreated babies can have health problems like cataracts, deafness, or seizures and may die.

syphilis palmar rash (on hands)
Secondary rash from syphilis on palms of hands.

What are the signs and symptoms of syphilis?

Symptoms of syphilis in adults vary by stage:

Primary Stage

During the primary (primary) stage of syphilis, you'll notice one sore or multiple sores. The sore is that the location where syphilis entered your body. Sores are usually (but not always) firm, round, and painless. Because the sore is painless, it can easily go unnoticed. The sore usually lasts 3 to six weeks and heals no matter whether or not you receive treatment. Even after the sore goes away, you want to receive treatment still. This may stop your infection from moving to the secondary stage.

Secondary Stage

During the secondary stage, you'll have skin rashes and/or mucosa lesions. Mucosa lesions are sores in your mouth, vagina, or anus. This stage usually starts with a rash on one or more areas of your body. The rash can show up when your primary sore is healing or several weeks after the sore has healed. The rash can appear as if rough, red, or sepia spots on the palms of your hands and/or the bottoms of your feet. The rash usually won’t itch, and it's sometimes so faint that you won’t notice it. Other symptoms you'll have can include fever, swollen lymph glands, pharyngitis, patchy hair loss, headaches, weight loss, muscle aches, and fatigue (feeling very tired). The symptoms from this stage will get away whether or not you receive treatment. Without the proper treatment, your infection will move to the latent and possibly tertiary stages of syphilis.

Latent Stage

The latent stage of syphilis may be a period of your time when there are not any visible signs or symptoms of syphilis. If you do not receive treatment, you'll still have syphilis in your body for years with no signs or symptoms.

Tertiary Stage

Most people with untreated syphilis don't develop syphilis. However, when it does happen, it can affect many various organ systems. These include the guts and blood vessels, and therefore the brain and systema nervosum. Syphilis is severe and would occur 10–30 years after your infection began. In syphilis, the disease damages your internal organs and may end in death.

Neurosyphilis and Ocular Syphilis

Without treatment, syphilis can spread to the brain and systema nervosum (neurosyphilis) or the attention (ocular syphilis). This will happen during any of the stages described above.

Symptoms of neurosyphilis include

- severe headache;
- difficulty coordinating muscle movements;
- paralysis (not ready to move certain parts of your body);
- numbness; and
- dementia (mental disorder)
Symptoms of ocular syphilis include changes in your vision and even blindness.

How will my doctor or I know if I even have syphilis?

Most of the time, a biopsy is employed to check for syphilis. Some health care providers will diagnose syphilis by testing fluid from a syphilis sore.

Can syphilis be cured?

Yes, syphilis is often cured with the proper antibiotics from PPC World – Pride & Prevention Center. However, treatment won't undo any damage that the infection has already done.

I’ve been treated. Am I able to get syphilis again?

Having syphilis once doesn't protect you from getting it again. Even after you’ve been successfully treated, you'll still be re-infected. Only laboratory tests can confirm whether you've got syphilis. Follow-up testing by PPC World is suggested to form sure that your treatment was successful.

It may not be obvious that a sex partner has syphilis are often. This is often because syphilis sores can be hidden within the vagina, anus, under the foreskin of the penis, or within the mouth. Unless you recognize that your sex partner(s) has been tested and treated, you'll be in danger of getting syphilis again from an infected sex partner.

Testing and treatment for STD or syphilis at PPC World in Vietnam

At PPC World, we develop treatment regimens and care plans based on each client's medical condition and needs. Therefore, when customers come to PPC World for treatment of Syphilis, in addition to recovering from the disease, they also have a comprehensive health care plan to improve important indicators such as weight, physical fitness, physiology, etc...

With more than 20 years of experience in the field of sexually transmitted diseases (STD), PPC World is proud to be a pioneer in applying modern techniques and technologies with high accuracy, fast and accurate testing procedures. The top priority is still the security of customer information. When you come to PPC World, you will receive the correct advice in the fastest time. With the experience of handling more than 5,000 medical cases per year which expats in Saigon account for 70%, together with a team of staff and leading specialists, PPC World will work with customers to plan the most effective disease prevention and treatment.

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