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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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 Of the state's 58 counties, Los Angeles County had the third highest rate of gonorrhea, the eighth highest rate of chlamydia and the ninth highest rate of primary and secondary syphilis. Soumya Karlamangla, latimes.com, "STD cases in California reach record high for third year in a row," 15 May 2018 The District also had the highest rates of gonorrhea as well as primary and secondary syphilis among states, ahead of Louisiana. Drew Gerber, Washington Post, "New STD numbers reflect progress in the District, but problems remain," 28 Oct. 2017

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1861, in the meaning defined above

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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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