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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). The common belief says that you may get a STD, if you indulge in sex. But that is not true. If your partner has an active lesion of syphilis in his/her mouth, you will contact syphilis by a mere kiss. The danger is that the sore may be so insignificant and painless that your partner may also not be aware of that. Learn more about how to protect yourself from Syphilis.

Syphilis- what cause Syphilis?

Syphilis is caused by a bacterium. This bacterium is passed on to partners through open sores. If there is no outward sign, the bacteria may not get passed on. The disease shows itself in phases- primary, secondary and latent. It can kill in the latent stage.

Syphilis- stages of Syphilis

Syphilis develops in three phases/stages. In the first stage a painless sore forms on the genitals or mouth. this gets resolved itself without any treatment in some time. After some days of the first phase, the second phase develops. in this phase red rashes are seen on the palms, feet soles and other body parts . You may also see red patches in mucous membranes. Fever may be present. Sometimes the symptoms are so insignificant that this stage is also ignored. After this the diseases becomes latent and develops after some years.

Syphilis- latent stage of Syphilis

In the latent stage, the bacteria affect most of the body organs and if the disease is severe, it may result in death. The first two stages are most contagious. Please watch for the symptoms before you kiss a new partner.


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