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What is syphilis?

Syphilis is a chronic STD that begins as a bacterial infection. After near eradication in developed countries, syphilis symptoms began to increase in 2005. Now, there are several thousand people infected with syphilis in the U.S.

How do you get syphilis?

Although highly contagious, syphilis symptoms are spread through oral, vaginal and anal sex or close body contact, including prolonged kissing. The majority of those infected with syphilis are unaware, passing it along to partners. Pregnant women diagnosed with syphilis symptoms can pass the disease to their baby.

What are syphilis symptoms?

Syphilis symptoms have three major stages.

Primary Syphilis

  • Chancre which cause no pain and appears within 90 days. You may never notice the chancre.
  • Painless sore or wet ulcer on the anus, mouth, tongue, vagina or penis.

Secondary Syphilis

Includes symptoms that appear after the primary symptoms. These may go away, but the syphilis infection is still in the body.

  • Bald spots
  • Mouth and body sores
  • Body rashes lasting several weeks
  • Mild fever
  • Fatigue
  • Sore throat
  • Hair loss
  • Weight loss
  • Headache
  • Muscle pains
  • Swollen glands

Late Syphilis

Which can lead to death.

  • Infection eats away bone, skin, heart and brain.
  • Infection causes severe damage to the nervous system.
  • Latent syphilis is when a person looks healthy, but has syphilis. It can last for months or years. If syphilis is not treated, it will turn into late syphilis.

I tested positive for syphilis, what next?

Although highly contagious and dangerous, syphilis can be treated with an antibiotic. For more on STD testing in Tulsa, click here.

H.O.P.E. provides syphilis testing in Tulsa. A syphilis test is the first step to receiving treatment.

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