Syphilis

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Syphilis

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Syphilis

Treponema pallidum is a spirochaete bacterium which causes Syphilis.

First Symptoms: chancre sores and swelling of nearby lymph glands.Sencondary Symptoms: non-itchy rash, sore throat, headaches, tiredness and swollen lymph glands.*Less Frequent Symptoms: fever, aches, aching joints, weight loss, hair loss, or lesions.

Ways to prevent it: Ask your partner to get tested before having sexual relations with them, keep your sexual partners to a minimum if at all possible

You can contract Syphilis from having oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone who is infected. Condoms only prevent Syphilis if the sores are covered. The main cause of Syphilis is sexual intercourse.Children can also contract this disease from their mothers in childbirth. Syphilis in babies can cause serious health problems or death. This is called congenital syphilis.

There are 2 different types of ways to get tested for Syphilis. The first being a blood test and, the second being doctors taking swabs from sores that you may have.

The third and last defence mechanism in the immune system is the tertiary defence system which are things like: antibodies and antigens.

The function of platelets is to clot cuts

The secondary defence system includes things like: circulatory system and phagorcytic white blood cells

your primary defence system which includes physical barriors ie skin, ear wax, nostrills, tears, muecus, gastric juice and cilla.

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Antigens are markers that stick to foreign invaders, or pathogens. The antibodies see this marker and come to the area and try to create an antidote for the pathogens that are attacking the body.*The immune system is made up of 3 defence systems that protect you from getting ill, or fight off bugs when you are ill. The 3 defence systems are:

Although this disease is awful, there is a cure, it is a drug called penicillin.

Congenital Syphilis

phagocytic white blood cells take a different approach to geting rid of the pathogens. They engluf the pathogen and explode themselves then release lysosomes in attempt to terminate the pathogen


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