Syphilis affects men more than women and its effects appear between one and two weeks after first infection. The disease presents itself as small chancre sores that appear in the genital region. These are generally painless and disappear quickly, but then the disease reappears a few weeks later. This stage is more serious, with the individual experiencing fever, itching and swollen glands. Luckily, syphilis is not the death sentences that it was in earlier eras as treatments are available.
Getting treated for syphilis.
- A sexual health clinic provides testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and is staffed by doctors, nurses and other medical staff. Syphilis and other STDs are a serious public health concern which is why many cities have free sexual health clinics that are available to all citizens.
- You can get treated at sexual health clinics anonymously, which is a plus for people who don’t want their regular primary care doctors to know about their diseases. They also generally have sliding scale fees for peoplw with limited financial means or who don’t have medical insurance.
- Testing usually consists of blood tests which are drawn and tested for various STDs.
- Treatment for syphilis is through prescription medication. Usually a single shot of antibiotics like penicillin can be enough to kill the syphilis. If a person has had the syphilis for less than one year, then a single shot is usually sufficient. If the patient doesnÕt know how long theyÕve had the disease, or if they have had the disease for longer than a year, then usually a series of 3 penicillin shots will be given. No resistance has ever been documented for penicillin. For people allergic to penicillin, doxycycline is also an effective antibiotic for syphilis treatment. Another treatment option is cephalexin (Keflex).
Preventing the transmission of syphilis
Condoms should be used to protect yourself and your partner from STDs including syphilis. If any digital stimulation is performed of the erogenous zones (such as vaginal fingering or anal fisting), then a latex glove should be worn. Condoms should also be worn during oral sex, as syphilis is also transmitted through oral sexual intercourse.