How do you contract syphilis? Syphilis is a frequent disease in the young sexually active population, it is important to know its symptoms to be able to detect it in time.

How do you contract syphilis?

So, how do you contract syphilis? Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) because it is produced by bacteria. In recent years, this infection has multiplied alarmingly. That is why detecting the first symptoms of syphilis is so important.

This sexually transmitted infection is very common among the ages between 24 and 35 years, so taking measures to prevent infection is very necessary.

The first symptoms of syphilis

This infection occurs in a particular way. The first symptoms, which are considered symptoms of primary syphilis, are a sore or ulcer (chancre) that can appear on the penis, vagina, rectum or mouth.

The most important thing is to know that this sore or ulcer is usually painless. Therefore, it is very possible that we consider it to be a normal lesion and not to associate it with an STI. However, if we have had unprotected sex, it is better that we get out of doubt by going to our GP.

This type of injury will be visible in the penis, but in the mouth, rectum or vagina the chancre can go unnoticed by not hurting. Well, although it may cause some discomfort or irritation, it is not alarming. Normally, the chancre is also accompanied by several swollen nodes.

These symptoms of primary syphilis can last 2 weeks until they disappear. However, we have to be careful, because after this period there is a latency phase, without the presence of any syphilis symptoms, which can cause us to trust that this infection is gone.

Caution with the latency phase

The latency phase is a phase of silence in which this disease does not give any symptoms. The chancre is gone, the nodes are fine and it seems that everything returns to normal. This phase can last between 1 and 2 months. When this period is over, it is when secondary syphilis arises.

Secondary syphilis presents a series of symptoms completely different from those of primary syphilis. Next, we will describe the symptoms schematically:

Small red spots appear throughout the body, especially on the soles of the hands and soles of the feet. This is called a rash and in this case it doesn’t hurt either.

The hair starts to fall, there is fever and fatigue.

Ulcers of more worrisome appearance and even warts on the genitals and mouth may appear.

As we can see, the symptoms in this case are much more obvious and you have to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you don’t treat the primary syphilis, the second will lead to more controls and more aggressive treatment.

Important information about syphilis

As we have seen, syphilis can be spread by genital contact (penis, vagina, rectum), but also by mouth. This means that practicing oral sex also exposes us to the possible spread of this sexually transmitted infection.

Also, it is important to keep in mind that when a person has the first symptoms of primary syphilis, but does not associate them with this STI, they can continue to spread it.

Therefore, as soon as you notice syphilis, you have to pick up the phone and call all the people with whom you have had sex. Not only to have the relevant tests done, but to prevent them from continuing to spread to other people.

It is possible that the first symptoms of syphilis remain there and do not lead to secondary syphilis. Our body can eliminate the bacteria. However, the most common is that if you don’t treat the primary syphilis symptoms, secondary education will occur.

The treatment we have said is more aggressive because it is usually with penicillin, unless you are allergic. A dose of penicillin to fight syphilis hurts a lot. However, it is worth bearing that pain because it cures.

Do STDs have a cure?

Sexually transmitted infections have a cure. With antibiotic the problem will go away. However, it is very important that we continue to be responsible in our sexual relationships by protecting ourselves properly.

Did you know these first symptoms of syphilis? If it was not, now you will know how to detect it and we recommend that if you have any questions, always go to your trusted doctor.

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