Known as the ‘great pox,’ ‘button scurvy,’ and ‘frenga,’ Syphilis is an easily treatable STD that, left unnoticed, can cause some serious damage. It’s easy to get screened for Syphilis at

Freidrich Neitzsche and Arthur Schopenhaur, among of the world’s most famous philosophers, suffered from Syphilis. But what is the disease, really?

Syphilis is caused by the spirochete (spiral) bacteria treponema pallidum. The bacterial infection affects the genitalia, mouth, anus, or rectum. Sometimes, Syphilis is described as ‘the great imitator’ because most of its symptoms are hidden or resemble other common illnesses.

One unique sign of Syphilis is its round, painless, and firm sores, called ‘chancres’. The infection is not only an STD: healthy people can contract the infection if they’re in close contact with affected people’s infected lesions.

Syphilis, left untreated, can have some dire consequences. Without medical intervention, the infection could progress into blindness, paralysis, and more. Be sure to check up on your status with STDClinic’s online Syphilis (with confirmation) screenings



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Many of the most common STDs don’t show any symptoms -- and are still transmissible. You can have an STD and unknowingly transmit it to others. If you suspect you have contracted an STD through unprotected sexual contact, sharing drug injection equipment, or by coming in contact with infected blood, it is important that you get tested as soon as possible to avoid any health complications.

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