A 48-year-old member asked:

How can i tell the difference between ghonerrea and syphilis?

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Dr. Carl Rosen
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Different symptoms: Gonorrhea usually causes a pure lent urethral discharge.Syphilis usually has a painless sore on the genitals,mouth, or rectum
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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Very different: Syphilis occurs in stages, 1st painless sore (chancre) after 1 1/12 - 13 wks on genitals, lasts about 1 month. 2nd stage skin rash 2 - 8 wks later lasts about 8 wks. Then latent for 1 -20 yrs.3rd syphilis blood vessels, heart, mental disorders, blindness & nervous system problems. Gonorrhea symptoms in men -> none or pus-like discharge within days, frequent painful urination. Women->abdo pain &dc.
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