Syphilis Climbing to Startling Rates
All across the nation, cases of syphilis have been on the rise. However, in San Antonio, Texas, doctors are reporting an alarming spike in syphilis.
Syphilis is a tricky STD. It’s known as “The Great Pretender” because its symptoms can be caused by a gamut of factors. For this reason, many women don’t get tested for syphilis and can live with it for years before knowing what’s going on in her body.
Syphilis is divided into four stages: primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary. During the primary stage, the only symptom is one or multiple small, red, painless sores (where syphilis entered the body). A rash can develop in the secondary stage, along with typical cold symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, sore throat, and swollen glands.
In the latent stage, syphilis symptoms seemingly disappear, but the disease continues to replicate. The tertiary stage can happen 10-30 years after infection and attacks the major organs of the body, which can result in death.
Syphilis is particularly concerning for women in the childbearing years, as syphilis can be passed to their newborn babies. Untreated syphilis can result in death; in fact, 40% of babies with untreated syphilis die. Syphilis is easily treated with antibiotics, but you must be tested first!
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