Syphilis Symptoms & Treatment

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a STI caused by a bacteria called Treponema pallidum . This can only be transmitted by close contact with an infected sore. Although less common than other STIs this infection if left untreated can have devastating effects as women can pass the condition on to their unborn baby. Syphilis develops in 3 different stages.

The first stage may involve vaginal or penile ulcers/sores. The sores last around two weeks. The second stage involves a sore throat and skin rash which visibly disappear after a few weeks. These symptoms then remain hidden and can be present for years without displaying any further symptoms.

The third stage is the most serious phase of the infection and leads to memory loss, nerve damage. Identifying Syphilis involves a simple swab of the ulcer or a simple blood test.  If diagnosed early, it can be easily treated with a course of antibiotics to prevent further development of the infection. A consultation with our doctor would involve a review of your sexual history, your personal risk of STIs and an examination of any ulcers or sores which have recently appeared.

Syphilis Testing: £115

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