Syphilis is a common type of sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a bacteria that primarily spreads through sexual contact, whether oral, anal, or vaginal sex. The initial manifestation of syphilis is a painless sore that typically appears around the genitals, rectum, anus, or mouth. An infected mother can also pass this condition to her baby during pregnancy and childbirth, resulting in congenital syphilis.
Once the infection occurs, the bacteria can persist in the body for an extended period without any symptoms. If left untreated, syphilis can progress to cause damage to various organs in the body, including the heart, brain, and other organs. Fortunately, appropriate medication can effectively treat the infection.
Syphilis is caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. It enters the body through minor breaks or scrapes in the skin. Additionally, mucous membranes exposed to infected sores or bodily fluids can facilitate transmission.
The signs and symptoms of syphilis may vary depending on the stage of the infection: primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary. Each stage presents its own symptoms.
If you suspect you may have syphilis, consult a doctor promptly, who will perform a physical examination, as well as discuss your symptoms and sexual history. Further tests may also be performed, such as:
If you suspect you have syphilis or are experiencing symptoms, take proactive steps by seeking medical attention and undergoing testing promptly.
Syphilis is treatable and curable with antibiotics, particularly in the earlier stages of infection. The type, dosage and frequency will vary depending on the stage of syphilis, the presenting symptoms, and the patient’s overall health. Treatment will kill the bacteria and prevent further damage, but will not repair damage that has already been done. Your doctor will advise you on the full treatment plan applicable to you.
Dr Tan Medical Center is a men’s health and sexual health clinic in Singapore committed to providing comprehensive screenings and treatments for syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Patient safety and welfare is extremely important to us, so you can be assured of a confidential and supportive treatment journey.
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