What is syphilis
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection divided into four stages (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary). Different signs and symptoms are associated with each stage. If untreated, syphilis can cause serious health problems.
How is syphilis spread
Direct contact with a syphilis sore is the most common method, whether it is through vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Sores can be found in the rectum, on the lips, or in the mouth.
What does syphilis look like
Syphilis has four stages.
Primary Stage: When sores occur at the original site of infection. They will usually occur around the genitals, around the anus or in the rectum, or in or around the mouth.
Secondary Stage: Symptoms during this stage can be mild, and might not be noticed. Skin rashes, swollen lymph nodes, and fevers may occur.
Latent Stage: No signs or symptoms
Tertiary Stage: The most severe stage, acute medical problems may occur affecting the heart, brain and other organs in the body.