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What is the difference between contracting genetal herpes and syphilis?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Two very different

One is caused by a virus and the other by a type of bacteria called a spirochaete.
Both can last a lifetime, but syphilis can be eradicated under most circumstances, whereas once you have herpes simplex it is there forever. Both are sexually transmitted.

In brief: Two very different

One is caused by a virus and the other by a type of bacteria called a spirochaete.
Both can last a lifetime, but syphilis can be eradicated under most circumstances, whereas once you have herpes simplex it is there forever. Both are sexually transmitted.
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