||[Apr. 17th, 2006|02:39 pm]
Indiana Youth Counsel
Signs and Symptoms|
In the first stage, symptoms show up 1 - 12 week after having sex. A painless, reddish-brown sore on the mouth or gentials appears, lasts 1 - 5 weeks, and goes away. When the sore goes away, you still have Syphilis. In the second stage, symptoms show up 6 weeks - 6 months after the sore appears. Look for a rash anywhere on the body and flu-like feelings. The rash and flu-like feelings go away. but you still have syphilis.
Ways To Contract
Syphilis is spread during sexual intercourse, oral sex, or anal sex with an infected partner.
www.cdc.gov lists extensive reports on Syphilis statistics.
Untreated, Syphilis can cause heart disease, brain damage, blindness, and death. A mother with Syphilis can pass it on to her baby during childbirth. Antibiotic therapy can treat this infection.