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Syphilis

How do you know that you have syphilis?

  • The symptoms of syphilis are not specific. Though the illness usually begins with one or more painless but highly infectious sores (primary infection) appearing anywhere on the body (but usually at the site of infection). These sores clear up on their own in two to six weeks.
  • Secondary symptoms may develop 6 weeks to 6 months after the onset of primary sores. Later symptoms are highly variable, but may include a rash on the palms or soles.
  • Late syphilis occurs four or more years after an untreated primary infection. Complications may occur with the heart, respiratory tract or central nervous system.

Do you have Symptoms?

If you have symptoms you should get yourself tested to avoid infection developing and from transferring it to someone else.

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