Syphilis is an infection, which can be transmitted via drug use and coming into contact with contaminated blood as well as sexual intercourse and contact. Syphilis is caused by a bacterial infection.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of syphilis develop in three distinct stages; stage 1, also known as primary syphilis often causes the development of a small sore, which is usually painless and is located in the area where the infection was passed on (this is usually on the lips or around the genital parts). Symptoms of secondary syphilis include the development of a rash, inflamed lymph glands, headaches and exhaustion; rarer symptoms also include a soaring temperature, weight loss and aching joints. Symptoms of tertiary syphilis may take a long time to develop but may contribute to extremely serious health conditions as the infection can affect the nervous system, the vital organs and the eyes; conditions may include strokes, heart disease, paralysis and dementia.