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Syphillis Syphillis Presentation Transcript

  • Syphilis Emily Panacci Mr. Holley H.I. Period 3 12 November, 2010
  • Journal
    • What do you know about your assigned STD and about STDs in general?
    • I don’t know anything about syphillis, only that it is an STD and something you do not want. STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease, and some are treatable, others are not. I would never want anything to do with an STD, and I hope that I never have to encounter one. Some STDs are fatal, which is sad because they can easily be prevented. If people had better communication, the disease would not spread as much, and less people would be affected. Sometimes they can be hereditary, and you can’t control it. Always be safe and check with your doctor to see if you have them. You don’t want to be responsible for some one elses disease, or even death.
  • What is Syphilis?
    • The Disease:
    • “ Syphilis is a serious but curable infection caused by bacteria called Treponema pallidum .” (Winters, 2010)
    • “ The wormlike bacterium that causes syphilis, for example, likes to burrow into the moist mucous membranes of human beings’ mouths or genital areas.” (Winters, 2010)
  • Symptoms
    • Initial exposure to the organism during sexual intercourse results in formation of a painless skin lesion called a chancre at the site of infection (primary syphilis), developing anywhere from a week to months after infection. (Adler, 2010)
    • Symptoms are often described as flu-like, 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, 2010)
  • How it spreads:
    • “ You can get syphilis by coming into contact with a person who already has the disease.” (Winters, 2010)
    • Although less common, syphilis can also be spread through needle sharing (which occurs among drug users) and by an infected person coming into contact with any type of open sore or cut on another person. A pregnant woman with syphilis can also infect the unborn baby she is carrying. (Winters, 2010)
  • How do you prevent it?
    • Latex condoms are the safest way to prevent an unwanted pregnancy or STD. Therefore, latex over polyurethane condoms, or abstinence from sex is the safest way to prevent a kind of disease like syphilis.
  • How do you treat it?
    • Penicillin is the preferred method of treatment for both primary and secondary syphilis. If the disease has progressed to the tertiary stage, then antibiotic treatment will still eliminate the organism, but it will not reverse organ damage that may have occurred. (Adler, 2010)
  • Work Cited
    • Winters, Adam. &quot;Syphilis.&quot; Teen Health and Wellness. Rosen, 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. < http://www.teenhealthandwellness.com/article/318/syphilis- >.
    • Adler, Richard. &quot;Syphilis.&quot; Magills Medical Guide . Ed. Tracy Irons-Georges, 4th rev. ed. 5 vols. Pasadena, Calif.: Salem Press, 2008. Salem Health Web. 12 Nov. 2010.