An Overview of Syphilis
Syphilis is a progressive, sexually transmitted disease (STD) disease that occurs in stages. Symptoms vary depending on the stage of the disease.

Primary syphilis is the first stage. Syphilis symptoms at this stage include painless sores at the site of infection, forming approximately 2-3 weeks after infection. The sores disappear in 4-6 weeks - even without treatment - as the bacteria becomes dormant.

Secondary syphilis occurs approximately 2-8 weeks after the initial sores form. On average, 33% of those who do not treat syphilis in the primary stage, develop second stage symptoms. Similar to syphilis in the primary stage, symptoms will often disappear without treatment when the bacteria becomes dormant.

Tertiary syphilis is the third and most serious stage of syphilis. The infection can spread and cause irreversible damage to the brain, nervous system, heart, skin, and bones.

Testing for syphilis involves a simple blood sample which detects the presence of syphilis., a division of the Institute of Sexual Health, uses the most accurate syphilis test available which is 99.9 percent accurate.

Syphilis is commonly treated with penicillin. The dose and administration method are dependent on the stage of syphilis.

STD Symptoms: Genital Rash

Signs and Symptoms of STDs: Genital Rash A genital rash a common sign of a sexually transmitted disease, genital herpes. Genital herpes is often associated with outbreaks of painful blisters, but can also cause more subtle symptoms such as a

Types of Syphilis Tests

Though once considered a disease on the verge of extinction, syphilis is once again on the rise, and as a result, various types of syphilis tests are being employed to detect infection. Though men who have sex with men represent

Syphilis Increases 39% and Other STD Rates

According to the CDC, recent studies show that syphilis has increased dramatically in the past years, whereas other STDs are stable.

STD Symptoms: Genital Sores

Signs and Symptoms of STDs: Genital Sores Genital sores can indicate an STD. Specifically, genital sores can be a common sign of herpes. Genital sores may also be a symptoms of syphilis. When Herpes Causes Genital Sores Genital herpes, caused

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