Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious health problems without treatment. This infection is spread sexually through vaginal, anal, or oral sex and can also be spread from a pregnant person to their unborn child. Infection develops in stages. Early symptoms may include a single sore or multiple sores in the location where syphilis entered the body. This can be followed by a fever, rash, headaches, and muscle aches. In later stages there may be no symptoms. Over time untreated syphilis can lead to damage to internal organs and even death. If a person with syphilis is pregnant, they can pass the infection to their unborn child. Syphilis infection in a baby is called congenital syphilis. Babies with syphilis can have health problems such as cataracts, deafness, seizures and can even die from the infection.
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Carson City, Douglas and Lyon Counties
Carson City Health & Human Services (CCHHS)
Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD)
Washoe County Health District (WCHD)
All Other Counties
Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH)