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If syphilis is left untreated, it can cause serious and permanent problems such as dementia, blindness, or death.

From: Syphilis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 26, 2018

SOURCE:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 26, 2018

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