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Syphilis (secondary)

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This is syphilis in its second stage occurring 6 to 8 weeks after the healing of the chancre.

The features of secondary syphilis generally abate after a few months. However, in about 20% of individuals the condition may occur during a period known as early latency.

The period of late latency is entered after one year - this period may continue for many years before the late stages of syphilis are apparent.

The development of secondary syphilis is somewhat of a medical paradox, coming after such a good immune response in primary syphilis.

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