A chilling resurgence of a medieval STI (sexually transmitted infection) notorious for triggering brain damage and hair loss has emerged in a shocking outbreak afflicting individuals’ eyes.
A worrying outbreak of a medieval STI has spread via five women’s eyes who slept with the same man.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report stated: “A cluster of five cases of ocular syphilis in women with a common male sex partner was identified in Michigan, suggesting that an unidentified Treponema pallidum strain might have been a risk factor for developing systemic manifestations of syphilis.”
Given that syphilis is usually spread via direct skin-to-skin contact, this news has sparked concerns that it’s a new strain of the syphilis bacterium.
Syphilis cases are already at a 75-year peak in England.
Condoms UK, a leading expert in sexual health, voices profound concern over the current outbreak, especially considering the unprecedented surge of syphilis cases in England, now at a 75-year peak. The intricacy lies in the nature of syphilis symptoms; they often commence subtly and evolve, posing a challenge in their identification.
The medieval STI can cause hair loss, flu-like symptoms, or, in a worse-case scenario, seizures.
The experts at Condoms UK explain, “Syphilis symptoms tend to change over time, making them tricky to identify. Common signs include painless sores or ulcers on the genitals, mouth, or hands, along with white or grey warty growths and rashes on the palms or soles. Some may experience flu-like symptoms, swollen glands, and patchy hair loss, which might not appear until weeks after being exposed.
“However, if left untreated, syphilis can lead to severe health issues. It can cause heart problems like angina, aortic aneurysm, or heart failure. Brain problems might include seizures, memory difficulties, and even personality changes. Nerve issues like shooting pains, joint pain, and damage to the joints can arise. It can affect the skin, bones, testicles, liver, and other organs, leading to complications across the body.
“In the case of ocular (eye) syphilis, distinct symptoms include pain, redness, floating spots, sensitivity to light, and blurred or loss of vision.
“However, what makes syphilis particularly concerning is that even if symptoms improve or disappear, the infection remains in your body, putting you at risk of spreading it and developing serious problems later on. The recent case in Michigan, where one man transmitted the infection to five women, illustrates this alarming reality of how easy it is to pass on.”
They added, “We, therefore, advise the public to be vigilant and seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms. We also advise that you use condoms during sexual activity to reduce the risk of contracting syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections due to being sent through direct skin-to-skin contact, including the eyes.
“Early detection and treatment are crucial in preventing the potentially devastating long-term effects of syphilis, which can include heart failure, seizures, memory difficulties, and even blindness or cataracts in rare cases.”