Syphilis

Friday, October 26, 2012

Syphilis is a highly contagious disease spread primarily by sexual activity. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about syphilis and treatment of the disease in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is spread through sexual contact. If untreated, it can cause serious damage to your heart, lungs, nervous system and other organs.

You contract syphilis from having sexual contact with an infected person. The infection is passed through sores on the infected persons body.

The best treatment for syphilis is penicillin. Most people who are treated early with penicillin are cured. It is important to tell your doctor about your sex partners so they can be treated too.

After you are treated, you should not have sexual contact with anyone until your sores have healed and your doctor says that you can no longer transmit the infection. Once you have been treated for syphilis, it is possible to get it again from sexual contact with an infected person.

You can prevent syphilis by not having sex. If you are sexually active, using a condom correctly can greatly reduce your risk of getting syphilis.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.