As developing teenagers and young adults become sexually active, they become more susceptible to STD’s or Sexually Transmitted Diseases.   Syphilis is an STD caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum and is often called "the great imitator" because so many of the signs and symptoms of this disease are identical to those of other diseases.   First documented in the 15th century, syphilis continues to threaten our population today and is much more widespread.   This disease, also known as “the silent killer” is one of the most dangerous STD’s because prolonged exposure to the infection can be deadly and we must act responsibly to avoid contamination and live happy and healthy lives.  
To begin, syphilis is passed from person to person through the direct contact with a syphilis sore better known as a chancre.   Syphilis sores occur mainly externally and are common around the genitals, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. Sores also can occur on the lips and in the mouth.   Transmission of this disease occurs through vaginal, anal, or oral sex and pregnant women with the disease can pass it to the babies they are carrying.   Despite the many myths that exist, syphilis cannot be spread through contact with toilet seats, doorknobs, swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, shared clothing, or eating utensils.   Generally, harmful sexual actions lead to a person getting syphilis and if precautions are taken and a monogamous relationship is kept with a healthy partner, the chances of acquiring syphilis are much lower.  
As mentioned before, syphilis is known as "the great imitator" because its signs and symptoms are very similar to the signs and symptoms of other come common diseases.   Regularly, syphilis occurs in three stages with each stage being more dangerous and more detrimental than the previous one.   In the primary stage of syphilis a person is usually presented with the appearance of a single sore in any of the areas mentioned above, although multiple sores are possible.   This...