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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease, (STD). It is caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. There are two types of syphilis, primary and the secondary. The most common areas to be affected by this disease are the genital area, lips, mouth, or anus of both men and women. The disease is contracted when a person has sexual contact with someone infected with syphilis. However, it can also pass from a mother to a baby during pregnancy.

The early stages of the disease is usually characterised by a single small painless sore. These may be accompanied by swelling of the localized lymph nodes. Many people do not notice any symptoms for years, and at times it may even go away and come back again at a later time!

Syphilis can be cured, if detected early, by the use of antibiotics. Using a condom may reduce the risk of contracting the disease, but does not completely eliminate the risk of catching or spreading it.

To get more information about the disease click on this link:

1 comment:

Julia Kashwood said...

It's so nice to read posts like this one, and it truly is better than do chlamydia testing or anything else

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