Will Syphilis Recur If You Already Have It?

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Definition

Syphilis is infection with the bacteria Treponema pallidum.


Alternative Names

Lues; Cupid's disease; Syph


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Syphilis is a sexually-transmitted infectious disease. The bacteria that cause it spread through broken skin or mucous membranes.

Pregnant mothers infected with the disease can pass it to the baby developing in their womb. This is called congenital syphilis.

Syphilis is widespread in the United States. It mainly affects sexually active adults ages 20...

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