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What conditions are caused by syphilis?

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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It’s easily treated with antibiotics. If you have syphilis and don’t get treated, the infection can lead to a number of serious -- even life-threatening -- conditions. They develop over many years and may include:

  • Heart disease
  • Nerve disorders
  • Brain damage
  • Mental disorders
  • Blindness
  • Aortic aneurysms

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis – CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Syphilis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Condition Information.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 08, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis – CDC Fact Sheet.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Syphilis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development: “Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Condition Information.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 08, 2019

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