Syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease is caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. Syphilis has a lot of symptoms that are common with other diseases and hence, is also known as ‘the great imitator’. The bacteria can harm you if you come in contact with an infected sore during oral, vaginal or anal sex or even if you share sex toys with someone who is already infected. Syphilis is quite serious as it can even cause deaths if not treated in time and properly. Pregnant women should be extremely careful as the condition can be passed on to the new born babies as well creating several complications. The number of syphilis related cases was more than 2,978 in the UK between 2011 and 2012.
In the case of Syphilis, prevention is definitely better than cure. There are a few things that you can keep in mind not to contract Syphilis. It is better to be in a committed monogamous relationship with a faithful companion who has been examined and is uninfected. You may get tested together at the clinic to ensure that you are not infected.
Engaging in risky sexual activities or wild partying habits may also lead to some problems. Consumption of alcohol or similar intoxicating drinks may impair your judgement and lead to sexual activities without proper precautions or protection. It is imperative that you have a conversation prior and practice safe sexual intercourse to avoid any infection. You may overlook or forget these things in the moment but the repercussions will be far severe.
This cannot be stressed enough as it is of prime importance, always ensure that you or your partner is wearing a latex condom. Condoms will ensure that your genitals are covered and certainly reduce the risk of infection during intercourse.
Contracting syphilis through transfusion of blood is rare as it is devoid of disease causing bacteria and viruses, although, you may get infected if the blood is infected. It is advisable to take precautions and practice necessary vigilance to ensure your own safety in such cases. The same is applicable with needles, be careful of the clinics and laboratories you visit.
Lastly but most importantly do not be embarrassed to visit a doctor in case you have any doubts of infection. If you are suspicious about any rashes or sores visit a clinic at the earliest and get yourself checked. If you are not infected it will relieve you of any mental stress and if unfortunately you are, it will give you enough time to get appropriate treatment. Doxycycline and Azithromycin are known to cure various bacterial infections and sexually transmitted diseases, consult with your doctor to know more about these medicines. As there are three main stages to syphilis, early detection is key to ensure you get the right treatment.
Practice safe sex, it is better to be cautious now than repent later!