Although Syphilis is quite rare today there are still cases. It affects women less than men and its main victims are male homosexuals.
Symptoms appear between 10 days and 12 weeks after infection.
In the primary stage of the disease a small hard sore or chancre appears on the penis, vagina or rectum. It is painless and usually disappears very quickly.
- In the secondary stage, a few weeks later, the patient is feverish, with swollen glands and itching skin.
Until the advent of antibiotic tertiary syphilis used to be quite common, with patients eventually suffering from dementia and dying a slow, agonizing death.
The disease is curable with antibiotics, but if for some reason it should not be treated, serious complications will develop many years later.