: a chronic contagious usually venereal and often congenital disease caused by a spirochete (Treponema pallidum) and if left untreated producing chancres, rashes, and systemic lesions in a clinical course with three stages continued over many years compare primary syphilis, secondary syphilis, tertiary syphilis
Recent Examples on the Web The decades-long study, performed by the U.S. Public Health Service and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, observed the long-term effects of syphilis in hundreds of impoverished Black men between 1932 and 1972. —Alexa Jurado, Journal Sentinel, 27 Dec. 2022 Cases of congenital syphilis, which occurs when a mother passes on the disease to her baby during pregnancy, spiked 15% from about 1,900 in 2019 to more than 2,100. —Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 12 Apr. 2022 For example, congenital syphilis can interrupt tooth formation. —Charlotte Hu, Discover Magazine, 16 Sep. 2018 The medical field is working to rebuild trust with communities that have been wronged by events such as the Tuskegee syphilis experiments and the treatment of Henrietta Lacks. —Donovan J. Thomas, ajc, 10 Dec. 2022 Then his father told him about the Tuskegee experiment, in which Black men were deliberately infected with syphilis without consent. —Michael O'sullivan, Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2022 Even as recently as the 1970s U.S. physicians were conducting trials withholding treatment from African American men with syphilis, watching as hundreds of men went blind, died and passed on the disease to their spouses and children. —Dr. Nicole Farha, ABC News, 10 Nov. 2022 Congenital syphilis is 100% preventable if the mother is treated during pregnancy. —Judy Stone, Forbes, 6 July 2022 San Francisco has some of the country’s highest rates of syphilis, the STI with the highest severe disease potential. —Jacquelyne Germain, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Oct. 2022 See More
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