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A 19-year-old female asked:

My rashes are gone with clobetasol, does it mean that it is not secondary syphilis?

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Dr. Victor Nwanguma
Dr. Victor Nwangumaanswered
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Most likely: If the rashes have completely resolve and you have no other symptoms, then it was not due to secondary syphilis. Since you have concern about syphilis, you may want to get tested for syphilis.
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
Have a blood test: This is your third or fourth question about your fear that your rash is syphilis. If you have had a negative syphilis blood test, it proves syphilis is not the problem. If you have not had a blood test, do it now. You're not going to get anywhere by repeatedly asking questions on HealthTap when the final answer is so easy. Good luck!
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If a syphilitic rash occurres, its in secondary syphilis, right? so if I am worried my rash might be syphilis and testing is negative I can be sure it is not, since false-negative tests occur in primary but not secondary syphilis?
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
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Hello,how common is it for someone to have secondary Syphilis but no rash? Thanks?
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If i think i got syphilis from dancing with my room mate when he had the secondary rash on his palms, how soon can I be tested?
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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A 19-year-old female asked:
How many days for the secondary syphilis rash to go away?
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
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Can I get syphilis by touching the rash of the person with secondary syphilis rash?
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 55 years experience
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Last updated Jan 29, 2017

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