Lues; Cupid's disease; Syph
The symptoms of syphilis depend on the stage of the disease. Many people do not have symptoms.
In general, painless sores and
For more information, see the article on the specific stage of syphilis.
Signs and tests
Blood tests can be done to detect substances produced by the bacteria that cause syphilis. The older test is the
Review Date: 05/30/2009
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.