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Sexually Transmitted Diseases


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(Treponema pallidum)

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the corkscrew-shaped bacterium called Treponema pallidum. The number of syphilis cases in Wisconsin have been decreasing, yet syphilis prevention remains an important objective because of the serious consequences of untreated or inadequately treated syphilis and its role as a potential risk factor for HIV infection and transmission. Wisconsin is currently involved in the National Plan to Eliminate Syphilis.

Sexually transmitted diseases control home 

General information

Syphilis fact sheet - Hmong  

Information for health professionals   

This is a Wisconsin disease surveillance category II disease: 
Report to the patient's local public health department electronically, through the Wisconsin Electronic Disease Surveillance System (WEDSS), by mail or fax using the Sexually Transmitted Disease laboratory and morbidity epidemiologic case report F44243 or by other means within 72 hours upon recognition of a case.
Information on communicable disease reporting

Wisconsin case reporting and public health follow-up guidelines: Syphilis EpiNet  

STD treatment guidelines  - CDC 

Additional Information  

American Social Health Association (ASHA) (Exit DHS)


Wisconsin state and local STD control staff 

Wisconsin Local Health Departments - Regional offices - Tribal agencies

Last Revised: September 24, 2014