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Should I talk to my doctor about my syphilis symptoms?

If you have symptoms that you think may be caused by syphilis, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor. Suspicious symptoms often begin with a painless sore called a chancre that's usually on the genitals, anal area, or mouth. Sores and other symptoms may heal on their own without being treated, but the infection will stay in your body for life if untreated and could cause serious complications later. Because of this, it's best to get treatment as soon as you notice symptoms. The proper course of antibiotics will treat syphilis easily.

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