Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and is often referred to as “the great imitator” because of its ability to make its symptoms indistinguishable from those of other diseases. Syphilis’s pattern has four different stages of development which slowly leads to death if left untreated.

Syphilis, as other genital ulcer diseases, can occur in both, male and female genital areas. Although the latter is one of the less common sexually transmitted infections in most countries, it tends to hit higher numbers in homosexual men.

The best way to avoid syphilis is to refrain from vaginal, oral as well as anal sexual contact or to be in a monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is diagnosed as uninfected.

It is important to talk about any possible health issues regarding sexually transmitted viruses before even starting a sexual contact with a partner. Other ways include using contraception such as condoms, this usually helps to prevent the majority of syphilis cases.


Syphilis treatments

Loxdoc recommends you see a doctor in person as an online consultation is not suitable for this condition.

What are the stages of syphilis?

First stage – One or more painless sores appear near or on the genitals 2 to 3 weeks after the infection. The sores are called chancres and are small, firm, round, and usually reddish-brown in colour. In most cases there is only one sore in the beginning stage, however, sometimes there may be multiple.

Second stage – Even though in most cases the infection goes away on its own, the bacteria still remain and there is a slight chance that it may occur again. However, if the syphilis is not treated immediately and no types of antibiotics have been employed to fight off the infection, there is a risk of developing the secondary stage of syphilis.

In this case, a skin rash is developed anywhere on the body. After developing the second stage, the person suffering may experience symptoms of fever, swollen glands, sore throat, hair loss, headaches, and loss of appetite or fatigue.

Third stage – If in the secondary stage syphilis is left untreated, the infection will progress to its next – latent stage. This stage is often called the hidden syphilis stage as the infection remains in the body, but there are no visible symptoms.

Last stage – This is the final stage where the bacteria starts attacking other parts of the body and can occur months or even years after the secondary stage has passed. At this point syphilis threatens the whole body as it can cause damage to the brain, heart, eyes, bones, liver, nerves joints and many other parts of the body. Often times the damage to the eyes leads to blindness, and in the brain it leads to inability to coordinate muscle movements.

Can syphilis treatments be purchased online?

Loxdoc recommends you see a doctor in person as an online consultation is not suitable for this condition.