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can you detect syphilis in route cd4 count test?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Recommended: Syphilis testing has been present for years. CD-4 measures non-specific T cells. Specific testing includes: archaic VDRL, RPR, FTA both in blood and spinal fluid
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Not a syphilis test: CD4 count says nothing about syphilis. If concerned you might have syphilis or perhaps exposed, you need a proper syphilis blood test.

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What are the effects of syphilis on pregnancy?

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Infected baby: Penicillin, which is one of the safest drugs in pregnancy, effectively treats syphilis and will prevent spreading the infection to your baby.
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I understand there are three stages of syphilis infection. What are they?

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1, 2, latent, 3.: Syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection, has 3 stages. Primary syphilis consists of a painless ulcer on the genitalia. Secondary syphilis can cause a rash, large lymph nodes, fever, and malaise. Syphilis then is latent in the body for years before passing to the 3rd stage. Tertiary syphilis causes dementia, disease of the aorta, and growths (gummas) in virtually any organ.
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Is there other ways to catch syphilis without having sex?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Define sex?: An infant may acquire the disease from its mother during pregnancy. Someone with direct contact to infected syphillus sores in whatever context can acquire the disease. It is not spread in the air like a flu.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I used protection but I got syphilis. How is this possible?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Protection relative: Condoms, spermacides, washing parts, etc. Do not protect you against syphillis. Only avoiding contact with an infected parter can protect you. Transmission rates run 30% or so per exposure with an infected partner., .
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Why is the blood supply screened for syphilis when syphilis is not transmitted via infected blood?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Easy detection: Testing for syphilis is done through blood as this is an easy way to detect it. You are correct that it is passed from person to person via skn to skin contact with an infection sore called a chancre. Once the host has syphilis it can be easily detected through a simple blood test.

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