Why everyone must be checked for Syphilis?
Date: March 9th, 2016
Everyone must be checked for Syphilis
The risk of having STDs
Young and old are both at risk of having syphilis and they must be both screened for STDs. The recommendation complements that all of the pregnant women must be screened for syphilis. The rates of the disease in the U.S are now rising with more than 20,000 cases of the most primitive stages of syphilis reported in 2014, while he highest is at 1994. With the growing rates of syphilis given, the doctors must give attention in checking the people if they are at higher risk and conduct syphilis testing according to the group member of Dr. Garcia. He is the professor of a university in Arizona and a director as well as the head of the Pima County Department of Health in Arizona.
People who are at a higher risk for having syphilis are gay. Even those who are bisexual are also at a higher risk of HIV. The race, rates of infection and the age are just some factors that must be considered when it comes to knowing who will be screened according to the group. They are an independent group of experts specialized in primary care as well as prevention. The recommendation is open to the public for comments until the 18th of January this year and this is only a draft of the recommendation.
Syphilis may primarily show as a skin sore. If it is not treated, it will worsen up. The latter stage of the disease can also lead to inflammation of the heart, organs of the body and skins. The disease may also affect the nervous system regardless of the age, thus it will result in an issue like coordination loss and even dementia. The possibility might be lessened with the continuous use of condoms, staying with one partner only and keeping a relationship monogamous can help. If you abstain from having a sexual intercourse, that is much better too.
More facts about syphilis
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted bacterial disease; it brings sores during the onset of the disease. If it is left undiagnosed and untreated, it may lead to a more serious condition. Syphilis is an old disease and it is still one of the primary problems nowadays. Yearly, more than 55,000 people across the U.S. get infected with syphilis, while in 2013; there were more than 49,000 people who got infected. More so, HIV infection as well as syphilis is somehow associated. Syphilis will boost the risk of developing HIV.
How, it may be transmitted
The most typical method to get infected by someone with syphilis is through a sexual intercourse with someone who is also infected. If you are infected, you can spread the bacteria from an infected skin or linings like the genital area, the mouth, the lips and the anus of your partner. The bacteria are so delicate that you cannot get syphilis just from sharing the foods, toilets and other personal belongings. It can be passed on from the mother to the newborn baby during pregnancy, this known as the congenital syphilis.