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Were you looking for information about Syphilis? Sphilis is a common misspelling of syphilis.
 
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by bacteria and that progresses in four different stages. It is passed through direct contact with sores found on external genitals, the anus, or in the rectum. However, most transmission is from people who have no visible sores or rashes and who do not know they are infected. Treatment for the infection typically involves penicillin or other antibiotics. If left untreated, syphilis can be fatal.
 
(Click Syphilis to learn about the causes, diagnosis, and potential complications of this disease. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
 
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