Syphilis has been for a long time one of the deadliest sexually transmitted diseases (STD) known by humanity. It is a contagious illness, which can damage the whole body, and in turn with the sexuality. Syphilis is transmitted through sexual contact or from mother to baby during pregnancy.
The disease develops slowly and it may have on-off periods of intensity, also affecting the sexuality of a contaminated person. Basically, it is classified according to its evolution in four distinct categories, primary syphilis (less than one year); secondary syphilis (more than one year); latent syphilis; and tertiary syphilis.
Below, check out some of the typical symptoms on each level of the STD:
Primary Syphilis – the presence of a pink or ulcerated lesion with hardened and smooth base, shining and scarce secretion, and that is a little dolorous, is the main symptom. In men, syphilis is more common on the glans. In women, lesions are common in small lips, in vaginal walls and in the uterine colon. Rarely, they may appear out of the genital region.
Secondary Syphilis – usually characterized by cutaneous-mucous lesions, not ulcerated, that show up 6 to 8 weeks after from the primary syphilis appeared. Fevers and headaches are some of the other symptoms.
Latent Syphilis – doesn’t show physical symptoms, but may be interrupted by symptoms from the secondary or tertiary stage.
Tertiary Syphilis – symptoms appear after 3 years, but it may manifest in time window of 12 years after the contamination. The symptoms vary from cutaneous-mucous lesions to neurological – as insanity – or cardiovascular symptoms.
Syphilis is treated with penicillin base remedies. It might be cured if adequately treated. The disease may aggravate, so it demands constant medical accompanying. Pregnant women must be treated during the gestation period to prevent transmitting the disease to the fetus, that may be contaminated at any given moment of the pregnancy. Besides, it is important to remind that the sexual partner must be also treated to prevent a new infection.
In terms of sexuality, syphilis should be approached as a dangerous illness that may lead to death after periods of sufferance. So, it’s essential to review sexuality behaviors, avoiding to make with another person has to deal with the disease, with its symptoms and its impact on her own sexuality.