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Can Syphilis Be Dormant
Will antinuclear antibody test detect dormant syphilis? I am waiting on results and had a RPR test came back was non reactive.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Primary: Syphilis has three phases. Primary, secondary and tertiary and each is quite different in its presentation. Primary syphilis usually shows what is termed a hard chancre. This is a skin ulcer with raised edges and a firm non-tender center. It can appear anywhere the organism entered your body, usually on the genetalia or the mucous membranes of the mouth (tongue is not uncommon).
Monogamous sex: Syphillis is one of the silent but deadly killers that has been around forever. It is still quite sensitive to penicillin, but its ability to pass unnoticed during sexual contact and masquerade as many other ailments (flu, dermatitis) often leads affected people to ignore early symptoms and spread it without realizing they have it. Condoms and spermacidal agents offer not real protection.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Syphilis is transmitted by skin to skin contact with an infected sore called a chancre. Over time the organism causing syphilis (a spriochete) circulates through the blood stream of the host causing problems throughout your body. It is not passed by blood though from person to person.See 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: The Tuskeegee study, in which mostly black men in the US south known to have syphilis were followed until they became symptomatic with the advanced disease rather than being treated, was a crime. However, it left no doubt that one can indeed die of syphilis. Even today, one occasionally sees neurosyphilis or a ruptured thoracic aneurysm.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Syphillus can enter and begin damaging your brain resulting in a variety of problems. It may cause personality changes, deminished intellect, speech problems, moodiness, as well as other degenerative changes. Once brain cellsare injured they may never recover with treatment.See 1 more doctor answer