Syphilis (for Teens) - Nemours KidsHealth - Syphilis and teens
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Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Early treatment can cure syphilis (pronounced: SIFF-ill-iss) and prevent long-term problems. STDs (also called sexually transmitted infections or STIs) are infections that spread through sex (vaginal, oral, or anal). Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria. It can affect the cervix (the opening to the uterus), penis*, rectum (inside your butt) and throat.