The Primary Stage
Round, painless sores, or chancres, usually develop during the primary stage and are often one of the first symptoms individuals notice. The sores don’t usually appear all at once, but usually develop one at a time, making them easily confused with pimples or ingrown hairs. When the sores open they expose a wet fluid that is highly contagious.
Chancres develop within 3 to 6 weeks after exposure and can be difficult to spot since they aren’t painful and often develop in hidden places. They tend to develop in areas around the genitals include the vagina, penis, vulva, scrotum, anus, and around the mouth. Chancres usually only stick around for a few weeks and often go away on their own.
Practicing safe sex, seeking professional treatment, getting tested regularly, and being aware of the symptoms of the primary stage of Syphilis can help to prevent infection, keep it under control, and ensure treatment is effective.
The Late Stage
The symptoms of Syphilis can only go unnoticed for so long. Eventually the late stage will take its turn and you could begin to experience serious complications such as damage to the nervous system, mental disorders, tumors, and cardiovascular problems. At this stage, Syphilis can even cause death.
Waiting until the late stage to be tested for Syphilis may be too late. Testing is simple and could save your life, as well as those you love who are infected. If you are experiencing symptoms of Syphilis, get tested as soon as possible.
Treatment for Syphilis
Testing for Syphilis is easy, but treating it is just as easy, if not easier. If you test positive for Syphilis your doctor will probably prescribe you a course of penicillin, or another similar antibiotic. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to get back to your daily activities.
Pregnancy and Syphilis
Testing for Syphilis should be done quickly if you are, or think you might be, pregnant and experiencing Syphilis symptoms. Routine exams during your pregnancy will not test for Syphilis unless you have specifically requested it.
If detected and treated early you shouldn’t have to worry about Syphilis and your baby. However, if you do not seek treatment, you put your baby at high risk of becoming infected with Syphilis. Statistics show that half of the mothers who leave Syphilis untreated will pass it to their babies. This usually leads to miscarriage, stillbirth, or serious risks to your health.
If you are pregnant, or might be pregnant, and believe you’ve been exposed to Syphilis, get tested as soon as possible. Testing is especially important if you are currently showing symptoms of Syphilis.