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Syphilis is a highly contagious disease caused by the bacteria Treponema pallidum and spread through sexual contact. It infects the genital area, lips, mouth, or anus of both men and women.

The symptoms of syphilis are the same for men and women and can be difficult to recognize.

Syphilis cannot be spread by toilet seats, swimming pools, hot tubs, bath tubs, shared clothing, or eating utensils.

Pregnant women with the disease can spread it to their baby. This disease, called congenital syphilis, can cause abnormalities or even death to the child.

The signs and symptoms of syphilis vary depending on the stage:

- Primary stage. It usually starts with painless sores called chancres that appear on the mouth, genitals, or anus. The chancre lasts three to six weeks and may heal on its own, but it does not mean the disease is over.

- Secondary stage. It occurs about several weeks after the appearance of the painless sores. A red rash may appear anywhere on the body along with symptoms as headache, fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands, among others.  If not treated, symptoms may disappear but the bacteria can remain in the body.

- Latent stage. It is the stage when the disease is “hidden”. The patient experiences no symptoms but remain infected. The latent stage can last for years.

- Third stage. At this stage, it can cause serious damage to the body. Tertiary syphilis causes heart, brain, and nervous system problems.


After a physical examination, syphilis can be diagnosed with blood tests and a sample of fluids from the sore.

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