What is Syphilis?
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum.

How is Syphilis spread?
Syphilis is spread through direct contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected person with a syphilis sore.

How is Syphilis treated?
In the early stages of syphilis, a single injection of penicillin is the treatment of choice. More injections may be needed for someone with the disease longer than a year. Treatment will prevent further damage, but won’t repair damage that has already occurred.

How can we prevent Syphilis?
Abstinence from sexual activity is the best form of protection. Latex male condoms will offer some protection. Being in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and known to be uninfected is another form of prevention.
Primary state symptom is the development of a chancre sore. Secondary state symptoms include:
  • skin rash (rough or reddish brown spots)
  • fever
  • swollen glands
  • sore throat
  • patchy hair loss
  • headaches
  • weight loss
  • muscle aches
  • fatigue
Late stage symptoms include:
  • difficulty coordinating
  • muscle movement
  • paralysis
  • numbness
  • blindness
  • dementia