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(Syphilis/Treponema palladium)

Transmitted sexually syphilis is a disease caused by a bacteria called Treponema palladium that has a corkscrew-shape to it. Syphilis is transmitted by direct contact from one person to another. Once infected bacteria flows through intact mucous membranes and abraded sink, and is then carried by the blood stream to every organ in the body. Mothers who are infected can carry on this disease to their babies.

There are three different stages that syphilis is divided into, each with different symptoms. One of them is known as the primary syphilis its usual sign is a painless ulcer, which develops at the original site of infection, and goes away without treatment in 1 to 5 weeks. Another stage is secondary syphilis which may last 2 to 6 weeks and can recur, and the last one is latent syphilis, it has no observable signs, or symptoms.

An infection can last for several years in that time many organs in the body can be damaged such as the brain, nervous system, heart, circulatory system, skin, bones, and internal organs. If syphilis is not treated damage to the organs can be quite severe. Also women who are pregnant that have not been treated for syphilis can suffer from a miscarriage, stillbirth, and cause the baby to have a number of illnesses as the child grows, however at anytime the child can be cured, but any damage that has already taken place is non-repairable. One way to avoid this terrifying disease is by always using condoms.