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Syphilis

Treponema pallidum
Treponema pallidum
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that is caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. Syphilis infection occurs in stages with each stage associated with different symptoms. Syphilis alternates between times when it is active and inactive (latent). Antibiotic treatment can cure syphilis, although it will not undo the damage caused by later stage syphilis.

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014