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What Are The Stages of Syphilis?

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection (STI), can cause long-term health issues if left untreated. Syphilis is identified by sores around the penis, vagina, anus, or rectum. Syphilis can also be found in the mouth or on the lips. There are four stages of syphilis, and each stage has unique symptoms. Here’s what you need to know about each stage:

Primary Stage

In the primary stage of syphilis, you may have single or multiple sores. The sore will typically be where the infection entered your body. Sores are generally round and firm without pain. Since syphilis sores are painless, they can be easily overlooked. The sores typically last between 3 to 6 weeks and will heal regardless of treatment. Treating syphilis even after the sores have disappeared is critical so the infection does not move into the secondary stage.

Secondary Stage

During the secondary stage of syphilis, you may notice skin rashes or sores in your mouth, vagina, or anus (mucous membrane lesions). The skin rash can be rough, with reddish-brown spots on the palms of the hands or the bottom of the feet. Fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, hair loss, tiredness, and fatigue are other common syphilis symptoms in the secondary stage. Symptoms in the secondary location will go away without treatment but will progress to the latent and, in some cases, the tertiary stage of syphilis.

Latent Stage

Syphilis will not show any visible signs or symptoms in the latent stage. You can have syphilis for years without any symptoms or warning signs in the latent stage.

Tertiary Stage

Most people do not go to the tertiary stage of syphilis. However, those in this stage may experience organ tissue damage, including heart and blood vessel complications that affect the brain and nervous system. Tertiary syphilis typically happens 10 to 30 years after the initial infection and can cause damage to internal organs or be fatal.

If You Contracted an STD, You Have Legal Rights

If you contracted an STD such as syphilis from a sexual partner and were negligent in informing you of their STD status, you may have grounds to pursue an STD lawsuit. Living with an STD can have long-term and life-changing health consequences. You have the right to seek compensation through an STD lawsuit. From medical expenses to lost wages and pain and suffering, we are here to help you recover damages so you can move forward with your life.

We know that privacy is a common concern for plaintiffs in STD lawsuits. However, we are here to support you and hold your privacy in the highest regard. Calling out a sexual partner who gave you an STD is not easy, but at KMD Law, our caring lawyers are here to give you support when going through a difficult time.

Contact KMD Law at (833) 456-3529 to schedule a consultation.