Syphilis is one of the most dangerous and contagious forms of sexually transmitted infections. Caused by the 'Treponema pallidum' bacterium, this disease often does not show any visible symptoms and treatment is often ignored. Unprotected sexual intercourse is the most frequent cause that leads to spread of this infection. Professional practitioners are of the opinion that a person must use protection even if he/she is engaged in oral or anal sex. If not cured entirely, syphilis can infect a newborn through the mother. Once your STI test confirms that you are infected by this bacterium, you must start your treatment as soon as possible. Reluctance to treat this disease properly may lead to serious physical complications that often turn out to be life threatening.
What are the symptoms of Syphilis?
A case of syphilis infection reaches its dangerous state through three stages, namely the primary stage, secondary stage and tertiary stage. In the primary stage you will experience development of a sore on your mouth or on the genitals. It would show the actual place through which the infection started. Irrespective of its highly contagious nature, this sore would not be painful and after two to six weeks it generally disappears. However, it does not mean that the infection is cured. The second stage of the infection begins after 2 months of the primary stage. In this stage, generally, a rash appears on the palms or soles of the feet and you may also experience mild fever, muscle ache, and weight loss. Generally, this phase again fades away but in certain cases patients encounter kidney trouble or meningitis.
The final stage of the disease (tertiary stage) may occur several years after the secondary stage. This stage is extremely dangerous because it latently harms a person and it often becomes life-threatening. Generally, in this stage, infection of this disease affects the eyes, brain, heart and other internal tissues. A person in the tertiary stage may face serious complications like memory failure, impotence, lack of control while urinating and a disturbed mental state.
How to treat syphilis
As recently as a few years back syphilis was a serious concern in many parts of world and every year numerous people were reported to suffer from this infection. However, there has been a radical change in the situation since the discovery of penicillin. The modern physicians state that this disease is completely curable. All you are required to do is to follow a prescribed way of administering this medicine. Generally, the required dosages of this medicine are prescribed during primary or secondary or early tertiary stage. If you are allergic to penicillin then you are required to undertake a two week treatment of common antibiotics, such as, doxycycline, tetracycline or erythromycin.
How can you take a syphilis test?
The Symptomatic Lesion Swab test is the easiest way to find out whether you are infected by this bacterium or not. Keeping in mind your benefit, we have introduced the facility to order this test online. You will receive details of this test within three days via post. We will send you a rayon-tipped swab, which you are required to send back to us through the prepaid envelope attached within the test pack. The best thing about the Symptomatic Lesion Swab test is that you are not required to send any blood or urine sample. Find out more details on syphilis testing from the online testing lab,