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How infectious is syphilis?

Abstract
In a study of the sexual contacts of patients with primary and secondary syphilis, 65 of 127 (51%) contacts at risk developed syphilis. There was no significant difference between figures for homosexuals (48/98, 49%) and for heterosexuals (17/29, 58%). Our findings are similar to those of the prepenicillin era, but the question, Why are so few contacts infected? remains unanswered.
AuthorsP C Schober, G Gabriel, P White, W F Felton, R N Thin
JournalThe British journal of venereal diseases (Br J Vener Dis) Vol. 59 Issue 4 Pg. 217-9 (Aug 1983) ISSN: 0007-134X [Print] ENGLAND
PMID6871650 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
Topics
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Great Britain
  • Homosexuality
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Risk
  • Syphilis (transmission)
  • Time Factors

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