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Syphilis is a sexually acquired infection caused by Treponema pallidum subspecies pallidum, a spirochete bacterium. It is a bacterial infection with several stages: primary and secondary stages, that are very infectious and the third stage, which occurs if the infection is left untreated. The symptoms of syphilis can be difficult to recognise and can be missed. It can take up to three months for the symptoms to show after sex with an infected person.
In 2009, there were 3,273 cases of syphilis seem at UK GUM clinics.
If left untreated, syphilis is a dangerous and life-threatening disease. It’s caused by a corkscrew-shaped germ called Treponema pallidum.
What is Syphilis?
It is passed on by intercourse or by almost any other form of sexual interaction.
1st stage (2-6 weeks after contact): painless uclers or sores on the genitals, anus or in the mouth. These will disappear after a few weeks. 2nd stage (weeks or months after first stage): all over body rash, (including Palms of hands and soles of feet), flu-like symptoms including fever. These symptoms can reappear again, however, many people do not develop any symptoms. 3rd stage (years after contact): damage to the heart and arteries, damage to the brain and the nervous system.
Syphilis Testing is available at Park Private Clinic in Nottingham
How is it treated?
Syphilis is treatable with Antibiotics. You and your partner(s) should visit the doctor for diagnosis and treatment. You should not have unprotected sex whilst infected.