Syphilis is caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum. Syphilis is a common STD. Syphilis is spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Syphilis causes sores on your genitals (called chancres). The sores are usually painless, but they can easily spread the infection to other people. You get syphilis from contact with the sores. A lot of people with syphilis don’t notice the sores and feel totally fine, so they might not know they have it. People with primary syphilis will develop one or more sores. The sores are usually small painless ulcers. They occur on the genitals or in or around the mouth somewhere between 10-90 days. The secondary stage may last one to three months and begins within six weeks to six months after exposure. Like primary syphilis, secondary syphilis will resolve without treatment. Tertiary syphilis occurs if the infection isn't treated, it may then progress to a stage characterized by severe problems with the heart, brain, and nerves that can result in paralysis, blindness, dementia, deafness, impotence, and even death if it's not treated.
- Track 1-1 Primary Syphilis
- Track 2-2 Secondary Syphilis
- Track 3-3 Tertiary Stage
- Track 4-4 Inflammation in lymph nodes