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Copyright Harvard Health Publications 2007

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Call your doctor if you develop any of the symptoms of syphilis, especially if you are pregnant. If you have a sex partner who is diagnosed with syphilis, call your doctor immediately so that you can be treated for syphilis.


With proper penicillin treatment, early syphilis infection can be cured without causing permanent damage. Although later stages of syphilis also respond to penicillin, the antibiotic will not repair any organ damage caused by the disease. Without treatment, about one-third of patients with latent syphilis develop tertiary syphilis, and these patients risk severe organ damage and death.

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CDC National Prevention Information Network (NPIN) National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention P.O. Box 6003 Rockville, MD 20849-6003 Toll-Free: (800) 458-5231 Fax: (888) 282-7681 TTY: (800) 243-7012 E-Mail:

American Social Health Association P.O. Box 13827 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 Phone: (919) 361-8400 Fax: (919) 361-8425 E-Mail:

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