Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium
Treponema pallidum. It has often been called “the great imitator” because so many of the signs and symptoms are indistinguishable from those of other diseases.
For more information on syphilis, including signs, symptoms, complications, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, visit the
Sexually Transmitted Diseases page at the CDC.
For more information, call the West Virginia HIV/AIDS & STD Hotline:
Trained professionals are available to speak with you weekdays (except holidays) from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. We can answer your questions about HIV/AIDS and other STDs in West Virginia, how to protect yourself, how to be tested, and how to get treatment.