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Syphilis 

Syphilis
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Syphilis
Author(s):

Basil Donovan

and Phillip Read

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070636_update_002

Update:

Clinical investigation—discussion of the role of PCR in the diagnosis of early syphilitic lesions, and use of rapid Point-of-Care tests.

Updated on 28 Nov 2013. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 22 October 2017

Syphilis results from infection with the spirochaete Treponema pallidum subsp. pallidum, for which humans are the only known natural host. In adults it is transmitted primarily by sexual contact. The organism gains entry into the body through small breaks in the skin or the intact mucosal surfaces of the genitals, mouth, or anus, and is able to invade and survive in a wide variety of tissues....

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