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Basic syphilis and STDs fact sheets are presented in plain language for individuals with general questions about sexually transmitted diseases. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can have very serious complications when left untreated, but it is simple to cure with the right treatment. Without treatment, the infection will usually develop into secondary syphilis between three and six weeks after the sore appears.


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WHY? Get Treated

Many people with gonorrhea and chlamydia don’t have symptoms. Why does this matter? Because an untreated infection can lead to serious and permanent health problems, even if you never have symptoms. Gonorrhea and chlamydia can be cured with the right medicine from your doctor. Just make sure you take all of your medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to.


Your regular doctor can prescribe antibiotics to cure the STD. But if you don’t have insurance or want to see someone else for treatment, there are other low-cost or free options. You can get tested and treated at your local health department’s STD clinic, a family planning clinic, a student health center, or an urgent care clinic. You can also find a clinic using GetTested and ask if they offer treatment for gonorrhea and chlamydia.

 Chlamydia│1.7 million cases; 22% increase since 2013

 Gonorrhea│ 555,608 cases; 67% increase since 2013

 Primary and Secondary Syphilis│30,644 cases; 76% increase since 2013

 Congenital Syphilis│918 cases; 154% increase since 2013

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It's important to use condoms (rubbers, prophylactics) to help reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These diseases include the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, and syphilis. You can get them through having sex -- vaginal, anal, or oral.

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