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Syphilis!. Treponema pallidum. What Is Syphilis?. A sexually transmitted disease, living in the genital tract, and can be fatal if left untreated. A spirochete, which means it is spiral-shaped. Anaerobic and heterotrophic. Not seen on a gram stain because the bacteria is too thin.

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syphilis

Syphilis!

Treponema pallidum

what is syphilis
What Is Syphilis?
  • A sexually transmitted disease, living in the genital tract, and can be fatal if left untreated.
  • A spirochete, which means it is spiral-shaped.
  • Anaerobic and heterotrophic.
  • Not seen on a gram stain because the bacteria is too thin.
  • Releases the endotoxin lypopolysaccharide.
  • Syphilis cannot be contracted through toilet seats, daily activities, hot tubs, or sharing eating utensils or clothing.
the four stages of syphilis
The Four Stages of Syphilis!
  • Primary Syphilis
  • Secondary Syphilis
  • Latent Syphilis
  • Tertiary Syphilis
primary and secondary stages
Primary and Secondary Stages
  • Primary – typically acquired

during sex when coming in contact

with a lesion of an infected person.

Usually asymptomatic so treatment is

not sought out. After 10-90 days a skin

lesion appears where the initial

exposure occurred.

  • Secondary – occurs 1-6

months after first stage.

Many manifestations of the

disease and it is most

contagious in this stage.

latent and tertiary stages
Latent and Tertiary Stages
  • Latent– having the

disease without any

symptoms being present.

  • Tertiary – last stage:

“gummas” (soft, tumor-

like balls) appear

anywhere in the body,

seen right. They show the

body’s inability to fight off the

disease.

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  • People with HIV and Syphilis will have faster-advancing Syphilis.
  • Hitler may have had Syphilis.
  • Syphilis has existed since Medieval times, and was sometimes treated with mercury.
resources
Resources!
  • http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sites3/gallery/719/syphilisbacaterias.jpg
  • http://www.uky.edu/Pharmacy/pro/phr952/9-5,9-8gram-/9-5,9-8.pdf
  • http://www.dhpe.org/infect/syphilis.html
  • http://www.absoluteastronomy.com/topics/Treponema_pallidum