Did you know your sexual health overlaps to the overall health of your body and mind? If you are sexually active, it’s important to get regular check-ups and testing for sexually transmitted diseases. 

Some STDs can be present without any real symptoms, while others can cause severe illness.

For example, people may experience mild or severe symptoms for syphilis. Educating yourself on the signs of the disease progression can help you spot an infection before it gets out of hand. 

What Is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a bacteria infection that is transmitted from person to person via sexual contact.

5 Syphilis Symptoms to Watch Out For

As mentioned above, syphilis is a progressive disease. Here’s the top five signs you should know to be on the lookout for. 

A painless ulcer on the genitals is usually the first sign of a syphilis infection. The sore typically lasts 3-6 weeks until it heals; however this does not mean you’re clear of the disease. 

After the sore has emerged, a skin rash or sores in the mouth, vagina or anus will appear. The rash is typically painless and not itchy; it can even be so faint some people will not notice it. 

Along with this second stage of symptoms, some people may experience fever, sore throat, hair loss, weight loss, fatigue or muscle aches.

These symptoms may last for a while and then the syphilis becomes latent inside the body. 

Treatment And Finding A Path Forward

It’s critical to understand that even though symptoms may cease, syphilis will remain in the body until treated. 

Treatment for syphilis is easy in the early stages. Most cases can be cured with a dose or more of penicillin. 

If left untreated, 10-30 years down the road, syphilis can cause devastating illness and even death. 

The best plan is to test regularly for all STDs if you’re sexually active. 

Where Can I Be Tested?

Crisis Pregnancy Center houses a full-service STD clinic in partnership with the Indiana Department of Health. This service is available for both men and women. 

Anyone can come and receive affordable and confidential testing for STDs. 

You don’t have to wonder if you have an STD, you can know. Call our center today at 812-366-2283 to schedule your appointment