Syphilis is often referred to as The Great Imitator because its symptoms are sometimes very similar to the symptoms of other diseases or disorders.  It is passed through direct contact with a syphilis sore.  It cannot be contracted through contact with objects like toilet seats, doorknobs, swimming pools, bathtubs, clothing, or eating utensils.

Syphilis symptoms occur in three stages, but people infected with syphilis may not show any symptoms for years. However, they are at risk of suffering health complications later if they do not receive treatment.  Even if a person has no symptoms they can still pass and spread the disease.

If caught early Syphilis can be cured with antibiotics, but not without the possibility of it causing serious damage.  The use of a condom does not guarantee protection from getting or spreading syphilis.