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A thankfully uncommon but very unpleasant sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacterium.
The symptoms often follow four phases.
An organism that is similar to a bacterium, and is called Treponema pallidum. Syphilis can be transmitted through oral sex as well as penetrative sex.
Practising safer sex and reducing the number of sexual partners will help reduce the risk of infection.
Yes. Your best bet is to visit a specialist GUM clinic, which can provide a confidential service.
Diagnosis is made from a blood sample and, if you have a blister, from a swab.
In cases thought to be in the later stages you may have to undergo a lumbar puncture, which is a procedure to remove spinal fluid to check for nerve damage this is painful and often causes a severe headache.
Penicillin (Bicillin) for primary and secondary infection for 10—14 days, injected into the muscle. For those allergic to penicillin, doxycycline once daily for 14 days, or tetracycline or erythromycin four times a day for 14 days.
For late-stage disease, the treatment course lasts up to 21 days.
Syphilis can be easily and effectively treated. Left untreated, however, it is potentially a very serious condition.
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