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What should you know about treating syphilis?

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If you let syphilis go untreated for several years, it can damage your heart, blood vessels, brain, and nervous system. Syphilis can cause blindness or paralysis. It increases your chances of getting and spreading HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Over time, it can damage your organs and even lead to death.

And, of course, if you’re not treated, you’ll likely spread the STD to your sexual partner. But it’s easily treated and curable in its early stages.

From: What's the Treatment for Syphilis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis -- CDC Fact Sheet,” “Syphilis Treatment and Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Health Service (NHS) Choices (United Kingdom): “Treatments for Syphilis.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 19, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: “Syphilis -- CDC Fact Sheet,” “Syphilis Treatment and Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “Syphilis.”

National Health Service (NHS) Choices (United Kingdom): “Treatments for Syphilis.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 19, 2017

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