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 Form 4 CRE online lessons on responsible sexual behaviour

Lesson on Syphilis and its symptoms

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Syphilis
It is caused by bacteria germs which survive only in moist conditions, for example, in the vagina, urethra, anus, mouth and in sores. Sexual contact with or kissing an infected person can lead to infection.
Symptoms:
-A painless sore or pimple appears on the man’s penis or on the woman’s vulva and also under the tongue two or six weeks after the infection.
-A swelling of the glands in the groin.
-A distinct feeling of being unwell.
-The sore may heal by itself making the victim think he/she is well but only to reappear months later showing skin rashes, sores and spots on the face, armpits, under breast, mouth and throat.
Effects:
-Liver infection.
-Destruction of the testicles.
-Paralysis due to infection of the spinal cord.
-If an expectant mother has the disease, it attacks the placenta and the fetus causing a miscarriage, still birth, abnormal child, premature birth or the baby being born is infected with the disease.
-Madness.
-Death of the victim.


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