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What are the symptoms of secondary syphilis?

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About 2 to 10 weeks after the first sore appears, you may develop the following:

If you don’t get treatment right away, your symptoms will go away -- only to come back. This could happen for up to a year. Even if your symptoms don’t return, the infection is still alive in your body. Syphilis will get worse, and you can still infect your sexual partner.

  • A skin rash that causes small, reddish-brown sores
  • Sores in your mouth, vagina, or anus
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • Weight loss
  • Hair loss
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

CDC: “STDs Life Stages” and “STD Facts.”

Stanford Health Care: “Symptoms of Syphilis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

CDC: “STDs Life Stages” and “STD Facts.”

Stanford Health Care: “Symptoms of Syphilis.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 30, 2019

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