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ID#:15022
Description:With a VDRL (Venereal Disease Research Laboratory) titer of 1:128, this syphilis patient displayed symptoms indicative of the onset of the secondary stage of this disease, which included generalized lymphadenopathy, and accompanying lingual (tongue) mucous patches.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. It has often been called "the great imitator" because so many of the signs and symptoms are indistinguishable from those of other diseases.

It is passed from person to person through direct contact with a syphilis sore. Sores occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. Sores also can occur on the lips and in the mouth. Transmission of the organism occurs during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Pregnant women with the disease can pass it to the babies they are carrying. Syphilis cannot be spread through contact with toilet seats, doorknobs, swimming pools, hot tubs, bathtubs, shared clothing, or eating utensils.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Susan Lindsley
Creation Date:1978
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Links:CDC - National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention; Division of STD Prevention; Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs): Syphilis
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