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When syphilis (once known as ‘the pox’) was first recorded in Europe in 1495, it was said that “its pustules often covered the body from the head to the knees, caused flesh to fall from people’s faces, and led to death within a few months.” This language might sound overly dramatic and darkly medieval, but syphilis is still, to this day, a nasty and potentially fatal sexually transmitted bacterial infection best avoided. The infection is typically passed through sexual contact, but can also be passed on by intravenous drug use, blood transfusions, or from an infected mother to her unborn child (known as congenital syphilis). In the UK, syphilis is relatively uncommon. However, in recent years the numbers of cases diagnosed in men and women has increased (1,607% from 1997 to 2006). Treatment usually involves a two-week course of penicillin injections or, in some cases, antibiotic tablets or capsules. But preventative treatment is probably best. Yeah, you guessed it…wear a condom.

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Hi I'm 17 and female. I have a lump or a sore or something just above my vagina hole (sorry I don't know how to explain it politely) , it gets sore sometimes and this causes it to become larger I think. do you think it's a sexually transmitted disease? syphilis maybe?





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I have clusters of red spots on the head of my penis and under my forskin they are getting white heads on them after a day of them appearing they are getting itchy and they started one day after having sex I have no idea what they are could you please help





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I have a sore on my penis if I squeeze it yellow or white will come out but then it will go completely and another might appear sore lumps I dunno wot it is please help





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I have these just smaller then 5p size weeping blister like blotches around my groin area I recently had sex but used a condom. The girl involved squirted on my and I had a cut on my pubic region due to shaving could I of caught something? I think it might be syphlis? I'm quite worried now.





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im 14 and have a rash on the head of my penis , ive never had sex, when you look closely at the rash it has small bumps on it. also my banjo string is soar. any idea of what it is ?





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Stop jerking off! It should go away. This happens to the head when something rubs on it alot. Also, studies have proven that jerking off does reduce the amount of time your penis takes to grow while your going through puberty. How do I know? Im 14 too! And asked myself the same question. Figured out not only did I get that rash but my bed was all stained with white stuff :)

Can you get syphilis from kissing, no sexual contact?





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hi im 21 and worried about my head on my gential area i hve little red rashes but however they do not hurt and can die down in colour nd sometimes brighten when mastibaiting or sex could this be herpes or syphelis





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heyy im 14 years old,ive had sex without a condom and another time with. im worried i might have a disease cuz didn't use a condom. and do you get thrush after having sex? and if so how long does it last for? and can you get a disese or illness even if you use protection ?





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I'm 16 and I have been in relationship with the same girl for 2 years next month. We started having sex about 12 months ago as we were too young and were worried about anything happening. She is on the pill so we do not use a condom very often and since our first time was with eachother and we havnt been with anyone else we thought we should be okay. Just this morning I noticed I had a few small red spots on my penis head and on the inside of my foreskin i have never had these before and they are causing me no pain or discomfort. What are they? And are they contagious? I can't understand why i have only just got them appearing now after i have been fine after all this time?





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Hi I'm 24. Just a couple of days I been noticing a bubble looking thing under my penis head. Were all the skin meets and it looks like a arrow. But anyways it been getting bigger and it hurts when I touch it but it doesn't hurt when I pee. What could it be. I'm planning on going to the clinic if the swallowing fiesta stop.





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Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is typically passed through sexual contact. However, it can be passed on by intravenous drug use (injecting drugs directly into the vein), blood transfusions and from an infected mother to her unborn child. The latter is known as congenital syphilis. Read More »

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