Syphilis is a potentially dangerous, sexually transmitted disease. It often spreads through sexual intercourse, including oral and anal sex as well as prolonged kissing or exchange of saliva. Syphilis progresses through four stages, namely primary stage, secondary stage, latent stage and tertiary stage. Tertiary syphilis is the most destructive of all and can lead to brain damage, dementia, paralysis and other permanent maladies. The symptoms usually start with the growth of mouth ulcers, sores and skin rashes.
HOW IS SYPHILIS DIAGNOSED?
Tertiary syphilis can change into neurosyphilis, which affects the spinal cord and nervous system.