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What is syphilis?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious health problems if it is not treated. Syphilis is divided into stages (primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary), and there are different signs and symptoms associated with each stage.

Signs and Symptoms

1st stage (primary syphilis)

2nd stage (secondary syphilis)

Latent stage


Syphilis is spread by:


If left untreated, syphilis can:

During pregnancy, syphilis may cause:


Testing and Treatment

NOTE: A person can be re-infected after treatment.

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