WAYS OF TRANSMISSION Syphilis is passed from person to person through direct contact with a syphilis sore. Sores occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. Sores also can occur on the lips and in the mouth.
SYMPTOMS OF SYPHILIS INFECTION Many people infected with syphilis don't get any symptoms, except the primary stage chancre, until they enter the last stage of the disease. Although transmission occurs from persons with sores who are in the primary or secondary stage, many of these sores are unrecognized. Thus, transmission may occur from persons who are unaware of their infection.
Primary stage symptoms:
- A single sore, a chancre, usually firm, round, small and painless.
Secondary stage symptoms:
- Skin rash
- Mucous membrane lesions
- Swollen lymph glands
- Sore throat
- Patchy hair loss
- Weight loss
- Muscle aches
- Difficulty coordinating muscle movements
- Gradual blindness
The symptom for the first stage usually occur within 10 to 90 days after infection, symptoms for the late stage can occur after 10 to 20 years