"French disease" soon again "in all mouth"?

Two studies from england, namely brighton and manchester, have brought syphilis to mind.

Treponema pallidum type spiral bacteria

Even the experts are catchless. It is estimated that two out of 1000 homosexual englishmen are affected by the french disease. And further: in homosexual men there is a new disease every month. The source of infection is rarely identified. Most syphilis patients had a steady partner in the previous six months; however, every second patient reported 3-30 additional sexual contacts. Nearly 50 percent of the infections began in the mouth area and were mostly mistaken for harmless injuries or herpes blisters.

The bane of the sexually active population has a centuries-old tradition: syphilis, lues, or french disease are the names for an inflammation that begins acutely, and later takes possession of the whole body. The pathogens are spiral animals, treponema pallidum, which prefer to swim in fluids. If it meets so, in the vagina and in the seminal fluid, and naturally particularly gladly in the energy-rich blood. Extremely infectious, because they are highly concentrated, are the spiral animals in the place, which is called ulcer by the doctors. These can be herpes-like changes, which are not obvious on the foreskin or labia. On the other hand, a real growth can form. At the beginning it hurts, after 1-2 days the pain subsides and finally, without any treatment, only a scar remains. This pleases the sufferers. What goes away by itself, most people think, must be something harmless. In fact, now the disaster begins. The spiral animals have invaded the body and, as parasites, seek out internal organs, which they slowly destroy. In addition, they float around in the blood and are happy about every new sexual partner they can jump to.

England is certainly not the only country where the french disease is literally spreading by mouth. Who should not know it yet: for the syphilis there is the smear from the primary infection with the direct proof of the spiraltierchen (picture) as well as preserved blood tests.

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