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How long do syphilis symptoms last?

Symptoms from syphilis can last a lifetime if not treated. The first symptom is usually a painless papule (bump) in the genitalia that turns into an ulcer. If not treated, the infection can remain in the body and cause an illness with rash and many other complaints several months later. If it remains untreated, the infection can affect your brain and spinal cord later in life.

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