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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted caused by bacteria. Unless treated, it can cause heart and brain damage, and lead to death. Pregnant women can pass the infection to their unborn babies.

Syphilis is spread by sexual contact with an infected person. Transmission can also occur through blood transfusion if the donor is in the early stages of the disease, or by sharing needles with an infected person. Symptoms are progressive, beginning with a painless rash or ulcer, headache, nausea, weight loss, progressing up to central nervous system damage, heart damage, and death if left untreated.


Utah Department of Health
Bureau of Epidemiology
Fax: 801-538-9913
288 North 1460 West
PO Box 142104
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2104

24-Hour Urgent Event & Disease Reporting

1-888-EPI-UTAH (374-8824)

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