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  1. 1. Syphilis Beth Porter Mr. Holley H.I. Period 3 12 November 2010
  2. 2. What is it? Syphilis: • “Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) resulting from infection by Treponema palladum.” (Adler) • “Syphilis is a serious but curable infection caused by bacteria” (Winters) • The wormlike bacterium that causes syphilis, for example, likes to burrow into the moist mucous membranes of human beings’ mouths or genital areas. (Winters)
  3. 3. Symptoms • “Initial exposure to the organism during sexual intercourse results in formation of a painless skin lesion” (Adler) • “A second stage (secondary syphilis) often appears within two months following regression of the chancre. Symptoms are often described as flulike, with malaise, headache, fever, and joint aches. A skin rash often appears, covering most of the body. Sores may develop in the mouth and throat and on many of the mucous membranes in the body.” (Adler)
  4. 4. How do you get syphilis? • “You can get syphilis by coming into contact with a person who already has the disease” (Winters) • “Syphilis is spread when one person’s infected area, usually an open sore, touches the soft skin of the mucous membrane found inside or around another person’s genital or anal areas, or in or around the mouth.” (Winters)
  5. 5. Preventing Syphilis • To prevent Syphilis You should wear a latex condom and always use safe sex. You can never be completely safe from syphilis because it can be transmitted from open soars. Another option is to be abstinent.
  6. 6. How to treat it •“Penicillin is the preferred method of treatment for both primary and secondary syphilis.” (Adler)
  7. 7. Journal What do you know about your assigned STD and about STDs in general? I don’t know anything about syphilis except that it is a sexually transmitted disease that you don’t want to get. I know that STDs are very bad and there are many different types. Some of them are viruses and are not treatable. There are also some are infections, and are treatable. STDs are scary because they can change your whole life. Some are even fatal, which makes it sad because they are mostly preventable.
  8. 8. Works Cited • Winters, Adam. "Syphilis." Teen Health and Wellness. Rosen, 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. < ilis->. • Adler, Richard. "Syphilis." Magills Medical Guide. Ed. Tracy Irons-Georges, 4th rev. ed. 5 vols. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2008. Salem Health Web. 12 Nov. 2010. < 35E_1910? prevSearch=syphilis&searchHistoryKey=&query Hash=0ed188c1924dcd462a141fab7bb4a2fb>
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