5 Facts about Syphilis: A Brief Quiz

March 9, 2020
Veronica Hackethal, MD

How much do you know about syphilis prevention, screening, and treatment? Test yourself with these 5 true or false questions.

Syphilis, caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum, is a common sexually transmitted disease with >100 000 new diagnoses in 2017.2 Symptoms of syphilis, or "The Great Pretender," often look like many other diseases making early detection difficult for both patient and physician. Primary care physicians are often the first to see patients with syphilis and therefore play a critical role in prevention, early screening, and treatment. Get back to basics by seeing if you can decipher which of the 5 statements about syphilis in the quiz below are true or false.