Syphilis is a form of bacterial infection and is particularly dangerous because after some initial symptoms, it can lay dormant for years, only to reoccur causing damage to the nervous system, brain, heart and eyes, which can be potentially deadly.
Syphilis is usually transmitted through sexual contact, though it can be caught through sharing infected needles and blood transfusions; it can also be passed from mother to child during pregnancy; this is called congenital syphilis.
The symptoms of syphilis usually begin with painless sores on the skin, which are called chancres. These are highly infectious and anyone that comes into contact with them, usually during sexual contact, can be infected. This is called Primary Syphilis.
Secondary Syphilis symptoms will develop if the infection is not treated between 2 and 10 weeks and include non specific symptoms like, a sore throat, skin rash, tiredness and headaches. The symptoms will then subside even before treatment.
The infection may then lay dormant for many years and then return, causing damage to the body and organs, even causing death. This is the most dangerous stage of Syphilis and is known as Tertiary Syphilis.
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