الخلاصة

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the spirochete
Treponema pallidum. Syphilis has been a major infection in man throughout
recorded history and has challenged clinicians with its many clinical
manifestations. It can also spread to other people by kissing or close body
contact. The disease begins with sores and then could spread to other parts
of the body through its stages (primary, secondary, tertiary and latent stages)
and can also reaches heart and nervous system and it may be fatal. The
data on this disease in Iraq is limited and literatures are scanty. A total of 70
sera samples were collected from expatriates working in Iraq. Detection of
syphilis antibodies were performed by non-treponemal tests and confirmed
by treponemal tests (TPHA) using miniVIDAS device. Thirty percent of
cases were positive for syphilis. We conclude that the syphilis cases are
continuously increasing. A serious reaction must be taken immediately for
assessing protective measures.