Can syphilis be eradicated from the world?

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With the description of the complete genome sequence of Treponema pallidum, the declining rates of primary and secondary syphilis in many developed countries, and the continuing development of easier, cheaper, and more reliable diagnostics, the goal of worldwide syphilis eradication may be achievable. Although syphilis is easy to detect and cure given adequate access to and utilization of healthcare, many barriers exist on the way to its elimination and ultimate eradication. This review discusses current opinions regarding the plans, prospects and obstacles to worldwide syphilis eradication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-44
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent opinion in infectious diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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