Syphilis: The Return of Corky the Killer

John Toney, MD, FIDSA
Monday, January 4, 2021
Category: Ambulatory Care Infections, Bacterial Infections, Cardiac Infections, Central Nervous System Infections, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Dr. John Toney, Professor of Medicine at the James A Haley Veterans Hospital, reviews information about one of humanity’s greatest and most enduring scourges. Professor Toney begins by recalling the history of syphilis. He next relates the current epidemiology of syphilis in the US. The pathophysiology of syphilis is next discussed, as well as the manifestations of primary, secondary, and tertiary syphilis. The clinical manifestations of neurosyphilis are also reviewed. Lastly the association between syphilis and HIV is presented and therapy for syphilis is briefly covered.

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