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What is Syphilis?

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is one type of sexually transmitted disease. Syphilis is the result of a bacterial infection of the genital ...more »

  • Syphilis: A sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacteria (Treponema pallidum). The condition is often asymptomatic in the early stages but one or more sores may be present in the early stages. Untreated syphilis usually results in remission of visible symptoms but further severe damage may occur to internal organs and other body tissues which can result in death.
  • Syphilis: The causative agent of venereal and non-venereal syphilis as well as yaws.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Syphilis: a common venereal disease caused by the Treponema pallidum spirochete; symptoms change through progressive stages; can be congenital (transmitted through the placenta).
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Syphilis is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Syphilis, or a subtype of Syphilis, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Syphilis: Introduction

Types of Syphilis:

Types of Syphilis:

Broader types of Syphilis:

How many people get Syphilis?

Incidence (annual) of Syphilis: 70,000 cases (NIAID; CDC 2001)
Incidence Rate of Syphilis: approx 1 in 3,885 or 0.03% or 70,000 people in USA [about data]
Worldwide incidence of Syphilis: 12 million worldwide cases
Incidence of Syphilis: An estimated 70,000 sexually transmitted infections with Treponema pallidum, the cause of syphilis, occur each year in the United States. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID) ... In 1997, 8,550 cases of primary and secondary syphilis in the United States were reported to the CDC, a case rate of 3.2/100,000. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID) ... The incidence of syphilis has increased and decreased dramatically in recent years, with more than 11,000 cases reported in 1996. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

How serious is Syphilis?

Complications of Syphilis: see complications of Syphilis
Deaths for Syphilis: 33 deaths reported in USA 1999 (NVSR Sep 2001)

What causes Syphilis?

Causes of Syphilis: see causes of Syphilis
Causes of Syphilis: Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a bacterium called Treponema pallidum. (Source: excerpt from Syphilis, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)
Risk factors for Syphilis: see risk factors for Syphilis

What are the symptoms of Syphilis?

Symptoms of Syphilis: see symptoms of Syphilis

Complications of Syphilis: see complications of Syphilis

Incubation period for Syphilis: 10 days to 3 months

Can anyone else get Syphilis?

Contagion of Syphilis: Sexually transmitted; only contagious in the early stages. Also mother to fetus. Rare contagion from oozing fluid exposure into broken skin. No longer contagious 24 hours after beginning antibiotic therapy.
More information: see contagiousness of Syphilis
Inheritance: see inheritance of Syphilis

Syphilis: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Syphilis.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Syphilis.

How is it treated?

Treatments for Syphilis: see treatments for Syphilis
Prevention of Syphilis: see prevention of Syphilis
Research for Syphilis: see research for Syphilis

Society issues for Syphilis

Costs of Syphilis: estimated $106 million in 1994 (NIAID)
Costs of Syphilis: Costs associated with syphilis in the United states totalled an estimated $106 million in 1994. (Source: excerpt from Sexually Transmitted Diseases Statistics, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Hospitalization statistics for Syphilis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Syphilis:

  • 0.0001% (15) of hospital consultant episodes were for early syphilis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 87% of hospital consultant episodes for early syphilis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 67% of hospital consultant episodes for early syphilis early syphilis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 33% of hospital consultant episodes for early syphilis early syphilis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for early syphilis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 13.6 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for early syphilis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Syphilis:

Organs and body systems related to Syphilis include:

Name and Aliases of Syphilis

Main name of condition: Syphilis

Class of Condition for Syphilis: bacterial

Other names or spellings for Syphilis:

pox, Treponema pallidum

Syphilis, Syph, Syph, Pox
Source - WordNet 2.1

Syphilis: Related Conditions

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