Syphilis has been plaguing Europeans since the sixteenth century. This sexually transmitted disease has varying stages and was not simple to treat. Symptoms range all throughout the body but most commonly inflammation in the skin. It affects men, women, and even children. Today syphilis can be treated by antibiotics, including penicillin. However, the antibiotics can only prevent future damage from syphilis, but cannot reverse damage already done. Due to this, it is vital to get on antibiotics as soon as possible.