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What are the symptoms of syphilis?

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What to Watch For:

Primary

  • Chancre (painless sore) on or around genitals or mouth within three weeks of exposure

Secondary

  • Non-itchy rash, flu-like symptoms, and swollen glands

How You Can Get It:

Spread during vaginal, anal, and oral sex with someone who has syphilis. Also through skin to skin contact.

 Long-term Effects if Untreated:

  • You can give syphilis to your sexual partner(s).
  • A mother with syphilis can give it to her baby during childbirth or have a miscarriage.
  • Can cause heart disease, brain damage, blindness, and death.

Treatment

Syphilis is curable with antibiotics prescribed by a physician.

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