Over the summer many UK news outlets and medical journals reported that Syphilis increasing at fastest rate since 1949. It is important to keep an eye out for syphilis symptoms if you are sexually active or a member of a high risk group.
(source: the Independent)
Syphilis is a bacterial infection that’s usually caught by having sex with someone who’s infected.
It’s important for young people and those in a high risk group to get tested and treated as soon as possible if you think you might have syphilis. It can cause serious problems if it’s left untreated.
It can usually be cured with a short course of antibiotics.
You can catch syphilis more than once, even if you’ve been treated for it before.
Syphilis symptoms aren’t always obvious and may eventually disappear, but you’ll usually remain infected unless you get treated.
Some People not show any syphilis symptoms. However, some people can present with;
A blotchy red rash that often affects the palms of the hands or soles of the feet.
Small skin growths (similar to genital warts) that may develop on the vulva in women, or around the anus in both men and women.
white patches in the mouth.
Tiredness, headaches, joint pains, a high temperature (fever), and swollen glands in your neck, groin or armpits.
For more information please visit our sexual health information pages, click here for more information. Home Health UK also stock male and female home urine sample testing kits so that you can test for syphilis out in the privacy of your own home. This will allow you to access treatment from a number of sources such as your GP or Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) clinic as well a number of internet based providers such as i-GP.