Syphilis Kerrigan Hutton

Sores usually found on the vagina, anus, rectum, in the mouth, or on the lips

"Syphilis is a bacteria infection usually spread by sexual contact that starts as a painless sore."

In the last century, Syphillis has been on the rise along with other major STDs.

THe cause

Treponema Pallidum

Syphilis is caused by a spirochete (a worm-like spiral-shaped bacteria) called Treponema pallidum.

You can get the bacteria by:

  • Direct contact with a Syphilis sore
  • Vaginal, anal, or oral sex with infected person
  • Pregnancy from mother to child
  • Untested blood products

Signs & Symptoms

GROIN- ulcers, sores, vaginal discharge, wart like growths

SKIN- rashes, small bumps, ulcers, sores

OTHER- sore throat, weight loss, fatigue

THE statistics

200,000 aprox. people have syphilis in the United States

145 reported and confirmed cases of early Syphilis in Kansas.

(January- June 2016)

5 reported and confirmed cases of Syphilis in Saline County. Sedgwick County had 30.

(January- June 2016)

TReatment

"Syphilis is a CURABLE disease with prompt diagnosis and treatment. However, if treated too late, there may be permanent damage to the heart and brain even after the infection is destroyed."
Syphilis is treated with antibiotics like Penicillin

the affects

While Syphilis can't technically cause infertility, it can cause a miscarriage or still birth.

And again, Syphilis can be transmitted to the child during pregnancy.

"About 50 percent of pregnant women with untreated early syphilis end up a baby who's infected. (That's compared to 1 to 2 percent of women who get treated.)"

In the first month or so, the baby can be prone to rashes or swelling on the skin if not treated quickly.

Untreated

(Some of the following images are very graphic and horrific but, these are affects of untreated Syphilis.)

"If left untreated, syphilis can eventually cause damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones, and joints. In extreme cases it can cause difficulty coordinating muscle movements, paralysis, numbness, gradual blindness, mental illness, and even death."
People who have suffered the after affects of Syphilis.
Wanna know how to protect yourself now?

Prevention

There are 3 main methods of preventing the syphilis virus.

Abstinence/ Monogamous

Monogamous: having a sexual relationship with only one partner at a time.

The only certain way to avoid syphilis is to forgo having sex. The next-best option is to have mutually monogamous sex with one partner who is uninfected.

Using a Condom

Condoms can reduce your risk of contracting syphilis, but only if the condom covers the syphilis sores.

Dental dams would also work for covering sores on a woman's genitals but again, only if used correctly and covers the sores.

Avoid Using Drugs

Excessive use of alcohol or other drugs can cloud your judgment and lead to unsafe sexual practices.

JOHN

Picture of John

John is a business executive at a box company. Everyone says John is a jokester and has a free spirit.

John isn't married and has no kids but, has a girlfriend who he is serious about. He has had a lot of relationships with many different women and men. He is in no means monogamous.

One night John goes out for a drink with a few co-workers and starts to become tipsy. He and his friend from work, Keenan, recklessly have a few too many drinks and they both black out in his car.

The next morning he finds himself in his friend's bed. The two had unprotected sex.

John gets upset with himself for cheating and for not protecting himself. He decides to tell his girlfriend who is very disappointed and asks for some time to be alone.

In the next three weeks, John notices a reddish-brown sore on his upper lip. It doesn't hurt but he decides to go to his doctor anyway. John tests positive for Syphilis. His doctor quickly suggests to put him on antibiotics.

At work, his sores on his face are noticeable by everyone. His co-workers stay a bot farther away from him than they usually do, and they don't ask him to go out with them anymore.

His girlfriend breaks up with him because she is scared she will contract Syphilis too. She offers to still be hid friend for emotional support however.

Everything that has left John feeling miserable and useless. 6 weeks later, his sores have all disappeared but the damage remains. Syphilis has in deed affected his life emotionally and physically. He only wishes that he made better choices.

John isn't different than us, he makes mistakes like us. But he doesn't want you to make the same mistake as him.

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