Infection, Men's Health, Women's Health and Childbirth

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is prevalent in sexually active adults, pregnant women, and newborns born to mothers with syphilis. As of 2013, over 56,000 new cases of syphilis were reported. This is higher than new cases of HIV. The number of cases in newborns is going down is due to better screening during pregnancy and education. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection. The bacteria is a spirochete known as Treponema pallidum. When the infection first appears, there is a small bump somewhere near where transmission occurred. These sores known as a chancre, are usually in the genital area, anal area, or around the mouth. The chancre contains the bacteria and contact with the sore can spread the infection. Syphilis can stay in the body for years without causing symptoms so early treatment is important. Latent syphilis in the late stages can cause issues in the brain, heart, and cause damage to many other organs. It can be fatal. This article will help you understand more about syphilis, how it is managed, and prevention tips.

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