secondary syphilis

noun

Definition of secondary syphilis

: the second stage of syphilis that appears from 2 to 6 months after primary infection, that is marked by lesions especially in the skin but also in organs and tissues, and that lasts from 3 to 12 weeks — compare tertiary syphilis

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Recent Examples on the Web For primary and secondary syphilis, cases were highest among adults ages 25 to 29. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Three STDs reach all-time highs in the US, new CDC report says," 8 Oct. 2019 Cases of primary and secondary syphilis — the two most infectious stages — rose 14 percent since 2017, with more than 35,000 cases. Brian Pascus, CBS News, "CDC raises alarm about "growing STD epidemic" as cases hit record high," 9 Oct. 2019 The rate of reported primary and secondary syphilis cases in DC was 40.2 cases per 100,000. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Three STDs reach all-time highs in the US, new CDC report says," 8 Oct. 2019 Primary and secondary syphilis went up 76 percent, and congenital syphilis, passed down from parent to child instead of partner to partner, went up 154 percent. Tess Vrbin, courant.com, "No awkward conversations: Department of Public Health promotes confidential notification service, aiming to reduce spread of STDs," 19 June 2019 The rates of primary and secondary syphilis (also called P&S syphilis, these are the most infectious stages of the disease) reached a historic low at the turn of the century. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "We Need to Talk About Syphilis," 28 May 2019 While primary and secondary syphilis diagnoses went up by 76 percent, chlamydia remained the most commonly reported to the CDC with nearly half of the new cases occurring in females ages 15-to-24. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "STDs hit all-time highs in US for fourth straight year, CDC reports," 28 Aug. 2018 Out of all 58 California counties, Sacramento County had the sixth-highest rate of chlamydia, the eighth-highest rate of gonorrhea and the 10th-highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "STD rates rise in Sacramento County, following statewide, nationwide trends," 2 July 2018 Based on nationwide 2016 data from the Center for Disease Control, California ranked 20th for chlamydia rates, 14th for gonorrhea rates and third for rates of primary and secondary syphilis. Hannah Holzer, sacbee, "STD rates rise in Sacramento County, following statewide, nationwide trends," 2 July 2018

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1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Secondary syphilis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/secondary%20syphilis. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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secondary syphilis

noun

Medical Definition of secondary syphilis

: the second stage of syphilis that appears from 2 to 6 months after primary infection, that is marked by lesions especially in the skin but also in organs and tissues, and that lasts from 3 to 12 weeks

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