Syphilis

Syphilis is an infection that can spread without either partner knowing. The first signs are often painless sores or rashes followed by flu-like symptoms. Left untreated it can lead to heart disease or brain damage.

Symptoms and Warning signs

Primary stage symptoms - sores can develop where bacteria entered the body.

Secondary stage symptoms - sores in the mouth, a rash can develop, warty growths on genitals, and a flu-like illness may develop.

Latent stage symptoms - if left untreated, over time syphilis can lead to heart, joint and nervous system damage.

How do you get them?

  • Oral, vaginal or anal sex.
  • Skin contact with any sores or rashes.
  • From a mother to unborn child.

How do you treat it?

Treatment for syphilis is often given as a course of penicillin injections, or in some cases antibiotic tablets or capsules.

Long-term effects:

In pregnancy syphilis can cause miscarriage or stillbirth and can be passed from mother to unborn child in the womb.