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Symptoms of syphilis

Symptoms of syphilis in both men and women include:

Primary syphilis:

  • Sores or ulcers appearing where the infection was transmitted
  • Swelling in the lymph nodes

Secondary syphilis:

  • A non-itchy rash appearing anywhere on the body, but commonly on the palms and soles of the feet.
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Hair loss
  • Joint pain

Tertiary syphilis:

  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Loss of co-ordination
  • Numbness
  • Paralysis
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Heart disease
  • Skin rashes
  • Death

What happens if syphilis is left untreated?

If left untreated, syphilis can cause damage to the brain, heart, eyes, other organs and the nervous system. However, if detected early, syphilis can be treated with antibiotics.

Can I be cured of syphilis?

Early diagnosis can result in effective treatment. You can still catch syphilis again after you have been treated for it. Tertiary syphilis requires longer treatment periods, which although can stop the infection, cannot repair any damage already caused.

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