STI: Red eyes and joint pain can be symptoms of syphilis

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Chlamydia, although often symptomless, can cause joint pain.

“This happens because the lining of our joints have some antigens very similar to ones found in these bacteria.”

The doc added: “Destruction of knee joints due to late syphilis was a common sight before the advent of penicillin but is fortunately rare now.”

Gonorrhoea too can cause a septic infection of the joints causing them to become hot, red, and swollen; this form of joint infection requires emergency treatment in hospital.

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