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How long can syphilis lay dormant in ones body

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How long can syphilis lay dormant in one's body?
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Syphilis can lay dormant in the body for years and then reappear as neuro syphilis causing lesions on the brain .In the latent stage the infection enters a dormant period .
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
More specific please, can it lay dormant for 20 years? Then can it surface in a blood test, all of a sudden. Please keep language simple.
It could take from 2 to 20 years (as much as 50 years in rare cases) for the infection to reach the tertiary syphilis stage .
So yes it can lay dormant for 20 years in the body .
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