Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is transmitted through direct contact with a syphilis sore. Sores occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. Sores also can occur on the lips and in the mouth. Transmission of the organism occurs during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Pregnant women with the disease can pass it to the babies they are carrying.
The disease progresses through stages including a painless sore (chancre), a rough, reddish-brown rash on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet, to nervous system or organ damage. Syphilis can be treated with antibiotics if discovered in the early stages of the disease.
For more information about Syphilis, visit http://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/default.htm
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