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  • Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD)

  • Many of the signs and symptoms are identical to those of other diseases.

  • Syphilis is passed from person to person through direct contact with a syphilis sore on the vagina, genitals, anus, rectum lips and in the mouth.

  • Transmission of the organism occurs during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.

  • Pregnant women with the disease can pass it to the babies

  • Syphilis cannot be spread through contact with toilet seats, doorknobs, swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, shared clothing, or eating utensils.

  • Many people infected with syphilis do not have any symptoms for years

  • Most transmission is from persons who are unaware of their infection.

  • The primary stage of syphilis is usually marked by the appearance of a single sore (called a chancre), but there may be multiple sores. Sores last 3 to 6 weeks

  • Symptoms occur 10 to 90 days after contact

  • if adequate treatment is not administered, the infection progresses to the secondary stage.

  • Skin rash and mucous membrane lesions characterize the secondary stage.

  • Late syphilis can damage the internal organs, including the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones, and joints.

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