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Does syphilis affect men differently than women?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Syphilis affects men and women in mostly the same ways. Obviously, the location of the sores may vary depending on where the bacteria entered, but for both men and women, it's usually the genitals, rectum, or mouth. The only difference between the ways the sexes are affected is that men are more likely than women to be infected with syphilis. This is especially true of men who have sex with men.

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