Essay on Syphilis Is A Sexually Transmitted Disease

716 Words Nov 19th, 2015 3 Pages
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a corkscrew-shaped bacteria called Treponema pallidum. Anyone who is sexually active may catch syphilis, but those at greater risk include: people diagnosed with any STD, people with a sex partner diagnosed with any STD, people with more than one sex partner, people with a new sex partner, or people who exchange sex for money or drugs. Syphilis is spread directly from person to person by direct contact with an infectious lesion. The contact could be through genital intercourse, oral intercourse, or anal intercourse. The bacteria passes through intact mucous membranes and abraded skin; they’re then transferred by the blood stream to every organ in the body. Babies are also at a high risk of getting syphilis from their mothers if the mothers are infected during pregnancy. This type of syphilis is called congenital syphilis. Syphilis is arranged in different types of stages with various symptoms associated with each stage; sometimes there aren’t any symptoms for several years. Contagious stages include primary, secondary and occasionally during the early latent phase. Primary syphilis is the most infectious stage of the disease. The first sign is the chancre, or lesion. It is usually a single, painless ulcer and develops at the original site of infection about three weeks after vaccination. It is highly infectious and goes away without any sort of treatment in one to five weeks (three weeks average). Secondary…

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