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Things you should know about Syphilis in Men

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Syphilis is a form of infection caused by a causative organism, Treponema pallidum. Its basic mode of transmission is via sexual contact with an infected person. Syphilis is a progressive infection that is developed in stages and has symptoms that vary with each stage. Before the late 1940s, there was no available treatment till the adoption of the antibiotic penicillin in the treatment of syphilis. The growth rate of syphilis is approximately seventy-one percent (71%). Mode of transmission also includes; the skin (when there are syphilis sores on an infected person), or through the mucous membranes. The symptoms of syphilis occur in three stages which include the early or primary stage, secondary stage, and tertiary stages.

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Early or primary syphilis symptoms showcases as sores called chancres, that appear on the genitals, on the anus or the rectum, or in or around the mouth between ten and ninety days. Without treatment, they heal within six weeks but do not stop the progression of the disease.

Secondary syphilis symptoms begin within a range of six weeks and six months after exposure to the causative organism. This occurs as a rash on the palm of hands, and soles of feet, there are moist, wart-like lesions in their groin, white patches on the inside of their mouth, swollen lymph glands, fever, hair loss, and weight loss. Just like primary syphilis symptoms, secondary syphilis symptoms get better over time but it does not stop the disease progression.

Tertiary syphilis symptoms are the full advancement of the symptoms of syphilis such that when left untreated, it advances to a stage that affects the heart, brain, and nerves. One could become deaf, blind, paralyzed, or get dementia, and also become impotent or sterile. Long-term complications that are associated with syphilis are arthritis, brain damage, cardiovascular problems, small bumps, nervous system problems, and blindness.

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Early detection, diagnosis, and treatment are essential, however, unprotected intercourse should be avoided.

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