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Syphilophobia- Fear of syphilis

People who fear the sexually transmitted disease syphilis specifically are said to suffer from Luiphobia/Syphiliophobia. Syphilis is one of the most common sexually transmitted disease that affects men and women worldwide and usually starts with a painless sore found on the male or female genitalia. If untreated, it can lead to more serious complications like neurosyphilis or may be passed on to the offspring causing congenital syphilis.

Most people might have experienced getting this disease because of unprotected sex with a casual health worker for instance. Others might have heard horror stories of people getting infected and having to undergo large injections of antibiotics to treat the infection. This fear may progress into phobia that may mean that the individual is not comfortable with physical contact and will not consider marriage. Sufferers of this fear may conclude that there is no need to engage in what they view as risky behavior.

Symptoms of this fear include a total abstinence of an emotional and physical attachment to a partner even though they have feelings for one another. Other symptoms include nausea, shortness of breath, panic, tremors, weeping, increased heart rate and sweating.

Overcoming this fear, it is important to enlist the help of a therapist. Understanding why and how these fears are linked with each other. It is important to remember that the disease can be easily treated with antibiotics. But understand that not all sexually transmitted disease can be easily treated.