Cdc Syphilis

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According to CDC “syphilis is an STD that can cause long-term complications”. There are four stages to this disease: primary, secondary, latent and tertiary. Syphilis can only be spread by direct contact. In 2003 more 56,400 cases were reported in the United States. Syphilis is a very contagious disease that can be caught by both men and women.
In the primary stage symptoms tend to occur three through four weeks after being infected. Some symptoms are, “being sore around the infected area called chancre.” The sore appears wherever the disease had entered or anywhere near it and can last up to six weeks. In the secondary stage the symptoms involve “skin rashes, sore throat, headaches, swollen lymph glands, aching joints, hair loss,
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Doctors took some blood tests and within a week later, the doctor had told both the boyfriend and girlfriend that they had syphilis. After they found out, the doctor recommended to meet up with both at separate times. The doctor mentioned to her if she had been to manchester recently because there “had been something of an epidemic there” she remembered her boyfriend had lived there for a couple of months and was surprised to find out that her 3 year relationship was ruined because he had been sleeping with other women. He did not have any noticeable symptoms but as for her she had a rash after she was diagnosed and was feeling a bit tired. Her treatment was very embarrassing and shameful for her because from that day on from meeting with her doctor, she had to have a daily injection of antibiotics in her buttocks for two weeks. She had to see her doctor for that shot during her lunch hour, before work or right after work so it was basically leaving her no time to herself. She had to get fourteen injections which had left a bruise. Even though it has been over a year she still needs to have blood tests every six months. She now has a new boyfriend but did not sleep with him for four months because she was frightened, stressed and depressed knowing she used to have syphilis. Syphilis is still around today and is contagious but symptoms will be hard to recognize. It can “spread through direct
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