Penis Health and STIs: Understanding Syphilis

Clearly, one of the key components of maintaining good penis health is the avoidance of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), as well as the prompt treatment of same in the unfortunate event that one is not able to avoid contracting one. There are numerous STIs, but one of the most well-known – and most dangerous – is syphilis.

Stages

Caused by the bacteria treponema pallidum, syphilis is typically divided into four stages, each of which has its own set of symptoms (although there may be some overlapping).

These stages are:

– Primary. The first stage of syphilis is usually marked by the presence of a sore or sores in the area where the bacteria infected your body. In men, this is often the penis, but it can occur in other places, such as the mouth or anus. The sores tend to be painless and are round and firm in appearance. Sores generally last from 3 to 6 weeks; they will go away even without treatment, but getting treatment is important, as it can stop the syphilis from journeying on to the second stage.

– Secondary. Skin rashes and/or mucous membrane lesions appear in the secondary stage. The rashes may be anywhere on the body, but usually on the hands and feet. It doesn’t itch and sometimes is very faint and hard to detect. The mucous lesions are typically on the mouth, anus or penis. Sometimes there are other symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, sore throat, headache and swollen glands.

– Latent. No symptoms accompany the latent stage, leading many people to believe that the syphilis has gone away. Unless one has received proper treatment, however, it is still there, and it often remains in the latent stage for years – sometimes decades.

– Tertiary. In the final stage, syphilis causes problems with the heart, blood vessels, brain, and the nervous system. It damages organs, may cause blindness and can lead to death.

Fortunately, nowadays there are very effective antibiotic drugs that can treat and cure syphilis; however, to be their most effective, they must be begun as early as possible. That’s why it is very important for anyone who believes they have been exposed to syphilis to get tested and treated right away.

Prevention

Needless to say, preventing syphilis is far more desirable than treating it. Syphilis is contracted from having sex – oral, vaginal, manual or anal – with an infected person. Although no form of prevention can be 100% effective (other than refraining from sexual contact), wearing a condom when engaging in sex is the most effective way of preventing syphilis. Individuals who have syphilis should refrain from having sex until they have been effectively treated, in order to avoid passing it on to others.

Although there sometimes are visible, physical symptoms of syphilis, often they can be hard to spot or may be mistaken for signs of some other condition. It’s important to ask a new partner if they have syphilis.

It’s also important to remember that just because a person has had syphilis once, it doesn’t mean they can’t get it again.

Checking for STIs like syphilis is an extremely important component of maintaining good penis health. But it’s also essential that a man regularly utilize a top drawer penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) on a regular, preferably daily, basis. Take time to find the best crème, which will definitely include vitamin C. Popularly known for its ability to fight colds, vitamin C is needed for proper blood flow, which is essential for adequate penile functioning. It also is a component of collagen, which gives penis skin needed tone and elasticity. In addition, the crème should include L-arginine, an amino acid that contributes to keeping penile blood vessels open and flowing.