Syphilis has many other names such as syph, cupid’s disease, the pox, lues, and the French disease. It’s a sexually transmitted infection, a highly contagious stealthy infection that is caused by the bacterium Treponema palladium (a species of spirochaete bacterium with subspecies that cause treponemal diseases). Syphilis has been spread by humans all over the world since the year 1500,it’s been around longer then any other sexually transmitted disease. This disease was rampant in Europe and some say that it may have been carried here to the United States when the Europeans settled here. Today over 36,000 people are infected with the disease in the United States each year. Even though syphilis infects a large amount of people and is highly contagious its not one of the most common transmitted infections but it is on the rise.
Thing’s that increase your chance of syphilis are being between the ages of 15 and 34 years of age, having had sex with an infected person, having multiple sex partners, not using condoms during sexual activity, touching a lesion/rash, sharing needles, blood exposure past or current std’s.
Syphilis causes sores on the infected area, the genitals and the mouth are the most common places. It can be contracted through multiple kinds of sexual activity vaginal, anal and oral sex just to name a few, even kissing and touching with an infected person could spread this disease. This disease can also be spread from mother to baby if mother is infected and untreated at the time of birth and has a vaginal delivery. Syphilis can also be spread by having an open wound on the skin and come in contact with a syphilis sore or rash and sharing needles, blood exposure past.
Syphilis can only be transmitted through skin to skin contact or bodily fluids. You can’t pick this disease up by touching objects used by an infected person, nor by toilet seats, swimming pools, hot tubs, shared clothing, eating utensils, or things of that nature.
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