Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease, a bacterial infection that affects men and women alike, with a higher incidence in men aged 40-50.
Syphilis first appears on the genitals, mouth or rectum in the form of a painless sore. Its evolution is gradual and its transmission is made by direct contact with wounds, ulcers, which are created in the mucous membranes and the skin.
If syphilis is diagnosed and treated in its early stages, it is easy to treat. The preferred treatment at all stages is penicillin, an antibiotic that can kill the body that causes syphilis. However, if the patient is allergic to penicillin, then there is the possibility of using another antibiotic.
After the treatment, the dermatologist-venereologist will ask the patient:
• Have periodic blood tests to confirm that he is responding to the usual dose of penicillin.
• Avoid sexual intercourse until treatment is complete and blood tests show that the infection is over.
• To inform his sexual partners so that they too can be examined and treated, if necessary.
• Test for HIV infection.