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This 4 page paper provides the history of syphilis. Furthermore, this paper examines syphilis studies, drugs, the Tuskegee experiment, and more. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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(Origins of Syphilis, 2003). One theory says that it originated in sixteenth-century Europe, while another asserts that is originated in the New World, and finally, there is yet another
theory that says the sailors who accompanied Columbus and other explorers brought the disease back to Europe (Origins of Syphilis, 2003).
The incidence of syphilis in the United States has dropped dramatically in recent years (Syphilis, 2003). From 1990 to 2000, the rates of primary and secondary syphilis in
the U.S. dropped 89.2 percent - clearly a staggering drop (Syphilis, 2003). However, since that time rates have increased again, from 5,979 new cases in 2000 to 6,103 new
cases in 2001 (Syphilis, 2003). Syphilis is transmitted almost always via sexual contact, since the bacterium responsible is
very fragile (Syphilis, 2003). The bacterium spreads from the initial ulcer (sore) of an infected person to the skin or mucous membranes (linings) of the genital area, mouth, or
anus of an uninfected sexual partner (Syphilis, 2003). It is also possible to pass syphilis through broken skin anywhere on the body (Syphilis, 2003).
In terms of symptoms, the first evidence of infection will be an ulcer at the site of infection (Syphilis, 2003). The ulcer, or sore
that appears as the first symptom of syphilis, is called a chancre, and appears within 10 days to 3 months after exposure to the bacterium (What is Syphilis? 2003).
Sometimes however, these sores can occur inside the body, and therefore go unnoticed (What is Syphilis? 2003). The next sign is typically a skin rash, and typically