Any sex act
with another person could give you this infection!
Street Names for Syphilis
pox, bad blood
Facts about Syphilis
- Caused by a corkscrew shaped bacterium Treponema pallidumthat can
bore into the skin and membranes anywhere it touches.
- A disease of the outside of the body. Starts with
sores, called chancres (pronounced "shank-ers"), usually
on the penis or anywhere the skin touches an infected
area. Sores can also be on your finger, tongue, or just
wore a condom but still got infected! The organism
touched the base of his penis and caused a lesion called
a “condom chancre”. This is an example of how condoms
don’t always work.
Syphilis occurs in three forms:
lesions or sores called "chancres" occur at the site of
sexual contact, usually on your penis. Sores appear about
3 weeks after having sex with an infected person and can
be small or large and can freak you out when you see one
on your penis. Easy to treat and prevent further disease.
If untreated, the sores may actually disappear for a
while, but the disease is still active.
primary syphilis is untreated, the initial sore on your
penis will go away but hundreds of sores can appear all
over the body in 4-6 weeks. Each lesion contains the
organisms that causes the disease and can be contagious.
Can be treated with antibiotics to prevent further
treatment of secondary syphilis, internal destruction to
many body organs can appear many years later. May cause
blindness, mental illness because of brain infection, and
other terrible incurable problems.
- Primary and secondary cases easily treated and cured
- No home remedies or over-the-counter drugs work.
Having Syphilis before does NOT protect a person from
getting it again.
- Only 100% completely safe option - choose not to have sex!
- Condoms may work if used properly but only the part
of the penis covered by the condom will be protected. Any
other unprotected body area that touches the organism can
get a sore.
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