Syphilis is a treatable, curable bacterial infection, when diagnosed promptly and treated with appropriate antibiotics. But you wait too long to test for and treat it, it can cause permanent damage to the heart and brain even after the infection is destroyed. Syphilis spreads during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It can also spread from a mother to her unborn baby — this is called congenital syphilis. Syphilis occurs mostly in those aged 20-39. It’s characterized by sores, which usually show up within 21 days. Sores must be treated, or advanced stages of syphilis may occur.
Don’t Wait! Get Tested Now
There are serious risks if you are infected with syphilis and don’t get prompt treatment:
- Passing the STD along to a newborn (congenital syphilis)
- Higher chance of contracting HIV (2 to 5-fold increased risk)
- Damage to the internal organs (including heart and brain) if the disease is not treated
- Possible death
Syphilis is spread through anal, oral or genital contact and is treatable with antibiotics. However, once it’s gone, it can return. So, regular follow-ups with your physician and ongoing testing will help maintain your recovery and your health. If you are sexually active with multiple partners or if there’s a chance you’ve been sexually active with someone who has syphilis, please get STD testing. Read more facts about Syphilis from the CDC.
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