Long-Term Effects of Syphilis
- Without treatment, a syphilis infection can last for years or decades without causing any symptoms.
- Eventually, it can spread to parts of the body such as the brain or nerves and cause serious and potentially life-threatening problems. This is known as "tertiary syphilis".
- Congenital syphilis is a severe, disabling, and often life-threatening infection seen in babies whose mother has syphilis during pregnancy
People with tertiary syphilis may experience:
- Dementia Symptoms
- Loss of Co-ordination
- Vision Problems or Blindness
Syphilis is still treatable at this stage, but it's sometimes not possible to reverse any damage that's already been done.