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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
533 Doctors shared insights

Syphilis (Overview)

A sexually transmitted disease involving a bacteria called treponema pallidum.


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How does syphilis spread?

How does syphilis spread?

Skin to skin contact: Syphilis is spread via skin to skin contact with an infected painless sore called a chancre. If the infected sore come into contact with another person during any type of sexual activity then the other person is at risk and should be tested. ...Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
533 Doctors shared insights

Syphilis (Overview)

A sexually transmitted disease involving a bacteria called treponema pallidum.


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Can a white/yellow penile discharge be a symptom of syphilis?

Can a white/yellow penile discharge be a symptom of syphilis?

Penile Discharge: Nope. It is either gonorrhea or chlamydia. Syphilis causes a non-painful ugly large pustular sore and then a rash. You have an std but it does not sound like syphilis. ...Read more

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Syphilis (Tip)

Use protection for all sexual activities (oral, anal, vaginal), inform partner, finish antibiotics. ...See more

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Treating Syphilis (Checklist)

See a doctor who's knowledgeable about syphilis
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Take your medications as directed
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Have only protected sex
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Get tested for other STDs
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What are the symptoms syphilis? Is it pretty rare now?

Rates climbing!: Initial symptoms of syphilis? Almost none- one may find a painless sore on the body like the penis- or else it may occur within the vaginal vault. I don't consider syphilis rare- depending on the demographic group like young men who has sex with men, there is a disturbingly increasing trend of increased infection, especially in metropolitan centers. Exercise safe-sex precautions to minimize risk. ...Read more

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Can bad face pimples be a sign of syphilis?

Can bad face pimples be a sign of syphilis?

No: The skin lesions of syphilis are variable but will not be confined to the acne zones and will not produce pus. If you are concerned that you may have syphilis, a cheap and reliable blood test is available from your physician. ...Read more

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How do you cure syphilis?

How do you cure syphilis?

Peniccilin: Good old fashioned penicillin is still the standard first line treatment for syphilis. For people with an allergy to penicillin there are other antibiotics available. Syphilis is a treatable std. Get tested. ...Read more

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How does one diagnose syphilis?

How does one diagnose syphilis?

Blood test: Testing for syphilis is very simple. A blood test called and RPR can be done with the results being available in 24-48 hours. It is a good idea tested. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a false negative syphilis test?

Yes: Testing for syphilis can sometimes be a complicated process which requires expert interpretation. Unfortunately there is no test in medicine which is 100% accurate 100% of the time. A false negative syphilis test may occur within the first 2 weeks after the common syphilis ulcer appears. Patients with immune disorder such as HIV and aids may also test falsely negative for syphilis. ...Read more

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Is there other types of tests for syphilis besides blood?

Yes: If syphilis of the brain is suspected, we will check the cerebrospinal fluid. And sadly, sometimes syphilis is diagnosed only at autopsy, after it has produced its terrible long-term effects. Thankfully, nowadays this is uncommon. ...Read more

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Could you live with syphilis and not know it?

Could you live with syphilis and not know it?

Yes, not advised: Syphilis can remain latent or dormant for years without symptoms and then manifest itself by causing severe and fatal damage to the nervous system. Neurosyphilis is caused by treponema pallidum, the bacteria that cause syphilis. It usually occurs about 10 - 20 years after a person is first infected with syphilis. Testing and treatment is advised since syphilis can be cured before this happens. ...Read more

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What type of man causes syphilis and what are the characteristics of the it?

Anyone: It is possible for anyone who is sexually active to contract syphilis and to pass it on to other sexual partners. There is no particular "type" of person who has syphilis. This is why it is important to practice safe sex and to know the infection status of your potential partners before sexual contact. ...Read more

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Rpr test weak reactive. Does it mean I have syphilis even I don't have symptoms?

Confirmatory test: You need to have a confirmatory test (sometimes called an fta) to tell the difference between a false postivite test, which is common, and a true infection. ...Read more

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How is syphilis treated?

Pencillin: Preferably with high-dose penicillin, either given by injection or infusion, depending on the stage. ...Read more

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Is doxycycline as effective towards treating syphilis as the penicillin injections?

Is doxycycline as effective towards treating syphilis as the penicillin injections?

Quite effective: Here is a study that compared them that show equivalent effectiveness:

http://cid. Oxfordjournals. Org/content/42/6/e45.Full. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for syphilis?

Penicillin: Injectable (intramuscular) penicillin remaims the treatment of choice for all stages of syphilis. If the patient is penicillin allergic, other choices include tetracyclines, macrolides, such as erthromycin and ceftriaxone. Duration of therapy depends on the stage of the disease. Some of the non penicillin treatments suffer from antibiotic resistance. Follow up to insure cure is advised. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of syphilis?

Antibiotics: Single large dose of penicillin or Azithromycin usually cures syphilis. Some strains of syphilis bacteria are resistant to a number of antibiotics so follow up is required. Syphilis is usually cured when the intial syphilitic sore (chancre) has healed. ...Read more

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Tested positive chlamydia & negative hiv, gonorrhea &syphilis was given one time 2 tablet treatment of azithromycin & week supply erythromycin with serve pains in stomach, pooping & urinating help?

Tested positive chlamydia & negative hiv, gonorrhea &syphilis was given one time 2 tablet treatment of azithromycin & week supply erythromycin with serve pains in stomach, pooping & urinating help?

You developed side: Effects (not allergic reaction) to the 2 antibiotics. Try taking peptobismol as needed for the diarrhea and heartburn, eat lots of apples and bananas to harden your poop and drink lots of water. Follow up with your dr for any concerns! ...Read more

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Tell me how spirochete syphilis gets into your brain.?

Thru blood: Syphilis has one or more phases where it travels in the blood to get to any location that your blood goes, including your brain. It generally starts its journey by entering the skin of your genitals where it drills into your genital skin & may leave an initial painless dug out sore. As it reproduces & spreads locally it will eventually take that vast highway of your blood vessels to go anywhere. ...Read more

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Do certain races have higher incidence of syphilis?

No- it's complicated: To associate a specific race with the incidence of syphilis, provides only a superficial and misleading impression. It's important to know that people in lower socio-economic groups have high incidences- these groups have a greater number of people of a specific ethnicity.

Granted, it has been referred in the past to as the "english" disease, the "french" disease, or the "italian"disease, . ...Read more

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What is risk to syphilis if doxacycline 100 mg 2 times for 14 days taken after sex without any test?

Syphylis: That is a therapy for syphylis but I don't understand if you are asking if you can develop syphylis after treating it even though you did not have it to begin with. ...Read more

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How can one prevent syphilis?

Be careful: Only have sex with a partner that you know well and trust fully. Using a condom will also drastically lower your risk of acquiring an std. ...Read more

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Can syphilis be cured?

Germ can be killed: The germs of syphillis can be cured with antibiotics. If that germ has injured or destroyed some tissues in your body those tissues may or may not be able to recover after treatment. ...Read more

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What is black syphilis?

A myth: There's no such thing as "black syphilis." it's an old myth, perhaps told to soldiers to keep them from having sex with locals. ...Read more

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How do you get syphilis?

Exposure to germ: Syphillis is usually transmitted sexually thru contact with an infected person. That person may be asymptomatic and or have thought they had a flu like illness as their only symptoms. Risk of transmission is estimated at 30% per contact during the contageous phaze. Infected women pass it to their babies during pregnancy in the first years they have untreated disease. ...Read more

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How is syphilis treated?

Pencillin: Preferably with high-dose penicillin, either given by injection or infusion, depending on the stage. ...Read more

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How do you cure syphilis?

Peniccilin: Good old fashioned penicillin is still the standard first line treatment for syphilis. For people with an allergy to penicillin there are other antibiotics available. Syphilis is a treatable std. Get tested. ...Read more

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How does syphilis spread?

Skin to skin contact: Syphilis is spread via skin to skin contact with an infected painless sore called a chancre. If the infected sore come into contact with another person during any type of sexual activity then the other person is at risk and should be tested. ...Read more

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