Peer Health

Syphilis

Although less common today than in the past, Syphilis is still an important STD to be aware of due to the dangerous consequences of contracting the disease. Syphilis is spread by contact with a syphilitic sore, sexually or otherwise. Since the disease can be killed with soap or water while it is present on the skin alone, it is a good idea to wash the genital area after sex. If the disease is contracted, the first signs will appear 9 to 90 days after transmission. If untreated, the disease will cause such things as insanity, blindness, paralysis and even death. Penicillin and similar antibiotics will cure the disease.