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Tuesday, April 29, 2008
A Reason for Practicing SAFE SEX: Neurosyphilis
Sure, we all know about HIV/AIDS and the "blah blah blah" reaction of everybody, not just from hyper-hormonally driven teenagers, where safe sex is involved. And sure, everybody has had that "talk" with an adult or concerned person on sexually transmitted diseases and the practice of safe sex. But do people listen? Do people learn? Well, truth is, some do. But there will be others who will shake it off believing that they will not be one of the percentage that will become a part of the growing statistic.

Over the years there has been an increase of infections of syphilis. What with the type of environment we now live in, I probably can count the number of non-sexually active people I know with my fingers and toes. Can you blame me? I was once one of those active ones. Yeahp! That explains the babies. But not much on the sickness part.

Now, it has come to the Rise of the STDs. Most people do not take syphilis as seriously as HIV/AIDS or others because it can be cured. But little do they know that sometimes "they come back." This time, they become somewhat mutated, uglier, deadlier. When I mean deadlier, I mean DEADLIER. It comes in the form of neurosyphilis.

What is neurosyphilis? Neurosyphilis is a complication AFTER having syphilis. Around 10-20 years after having the the first infection of syphilis. It is, without a doubt, considered to be life threatening. However, not everyone who has encountered syphilis develops this.

The following are some symptoms of neurosyphilis (taken from MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia):
  • - Headache
  • - Stiff neck
  • - Irritability
  • - Poor concentration
  • - Mental confusion
  • - Depression
  • - Incontinence
  • - Muscle atrophy

.: Or there may be no symptoms at all.

Penicillin is often used to treat neurosyphilis through various ways. For more information, please read MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Neurosyphilis.

Obviously, this cannot be taken lightly. We should all be informed of the many red flags that have come up with regard to safer sex and sexually transmitted disease. It never hurt anybody to know more.


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posted by Ann @ 12:51 PM  
  • At April 30, 2008 at 5:00 PM, Blogger GONG said…

    learned a lot! thanks!
    10 years ago (or even now), some pinoy boys practice a bizaare way of healing these diseases. Are you aware of the "Tide Powder method"?
    If you do, please shed some light on that matter...
    was it true? or just another quack healing?

  • At April 30, 2008 at 6:20 PM, Blogger Ann said…

    you're welcome! :)

    I never heard of the "Tide Powder method," but my husband has. He reckons it was just a myth and not exactly to be believed in. But it has intrigued me. I will research on this and get back to you, okay? ;)

    Thanks for dropping by!

  • At May 1, 2008 at 7:07 PM, Blogger ZTe said…

    neurosyphylis...i've heard about that a few years back....

    but the "tide powder method?" hmmm...

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