Depending on the primary route of transmission, syphilis is classified as -
► Venereal syphilis - Transmitted due to sexual contact
► Congenital syphilis- Transmitted from an infected mother to the unborn child
Usually an infected person develops the first symptom after 21 days of exposure to syphilis, but this duration can range from 10 to 90 days. Syphilis is marked by the appearance of skin rashes and/or sores (mucous membrane lesions) in the mouth, vagina, or anus. Without appropriate treatment, the infection progresses to the next stage of the disease, thus complicating the condition further.
Syphilis can be diagnosed with a VDRL test or dark ground microscopy test.
Early syphilis responds favorably to antibiotic treatment. But once tissue damage starts, the process may be halted but cannot be reverted.
Being in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner and using condoms can prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis.
Latest Publications and Research on SyphilisChanging pattern of sexually transmissible infections and HIV diagnosed in public sexual health services compared with other locations in New South Wales, 2010?14. - Published by PubMed
Determinants of HIV infection among children born to mothers on prevention of mother to child transmission program of HIV in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: a case control study. - Published by PubMed
The characteristics of beta 2-glycoprotein I-dependent anticardiolipin antibody and blood coagulation status in subjects with classical biological false-positive syphilis reactions. - Published by PubMed
An unusual cause of adrenal insufficiency and bilateral adrenal masses. - Published by PubMed
The Epidemiology of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Syphilis in Ghana: A Five-Year Single Urban Site Parallel Population-Based Analysis vis-à-vis the Sentinel Survey. - Published by PubMed