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.