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Syphilis (cont.)

Outlook

Syphilis in the first 2 stages continues to be cured with penicillin-unlike other diseases that are becoming resistant to antibiotics. The outlook for people with tertiary syphilis is less optimistic. In one study, 20% of people with cardiovascular syphilis died without antibiotic therapy. More than 60% of these people, however, remain symptom free even without treatment.

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/26/2014
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