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Blisters/rash on right side head of penis. Tested negative for herpes and syphilis. Doctor prescribed me antibiotics/fungal cream. Wut else could it b?

Blisters/rash on right side head of penis. Tested negative for herpes and syphilis. Doctor prescribed me antibiotics/fungal cream. Wut else could it b?

Reaction?: If any contact with bowl cleaner or other chemical, could be a local reaction (/"burn") from that, which may look infected on exam (hence abx/anti-fungal). The warm/moist environ slows healing. Should keep dry & aired as able (don't get arrested!) while using ointments as rx'ed. Give it a week. If not improving, get re-checked. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Is it possible for a culture to mistake syphilis for herpes?

Culturing: No. Not in any way. Culture for syphilis is not the way this is diagnosed. And a culture for herpes is notoriously inaccurate. Both of these tests are better done through blood testing. And, that again would have no cross over potentiality. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to contact syphilis and herpes together?

Is it possible for someone to contact syphilis and herpes together?

Yes: Sure, there's no limit on the number of sexually transmitted diseases you can acquire, even from the same person at the same time. ...Read more

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Does herpes br mistaken for syphilis in a blood test?

Does herpes br mistaken for syphilis in a blood test?

No: The tests for herpes simplex virus (herpes) and t. Pallidum (syphilis) are completely different and cannot be confused or mistaken for one another in a blood test. ...Read more

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How are genetal herpes and syphilis different?

How are genetal herpes and syphilis different?

Virus vs Bacteria: They are 2 totally different sexually transmitted diseases. Herpes is a virus and syphillis is caused by the spirochete bacteria treponema pallidum. ...Read more

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How can herpes cause micro syphilis in newborns?

Never heard of it: Herpes and syphilis are 2 separate germs that can be passes to a fetus during pregnancy. One is a virus and one is a bacteria. They could be passed at the same time by the same person while infecting mother & baby. I have never heard of "micro syphilis". ...Read more

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If I tested negative for HPV and syphilis could I have herpes?

Yes: Negative tests for hpv and syphilis do nothing to exclude herpes in your system, but whether it is sympotmatic or not would need more info. ...Read more

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What is the difference between contracting genetal herpes and syphilis?

Two very different: One is caused by a virus and the other by a type of bacteria called a spirochaete. Both can last a lifetime, but syphilis can be eradicated under most circumstances, whereas once you have herpes simplex it is there forever. Both are sexually transmitted. ...Read more

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I had an outbreak of herpes in May. My gyno tested me for HIV & syphilis-it was negative. Why are symptoms of herpes-HIV the same? Should I be worried?

I had an outbreak of herpes in May. My gyno tested me for HIV & syphilis-it was negative. Why are symptoms of herpes-HIV the same? Should I be worried?

Genital herpes: Is caused by a virus. You may find that this will be helped by taking a supplement of the amino acid lysine. I suggest that you research this for yourself. ...Read more

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Is blood test for syphilis and herpes are accurate.

Yes: There is more than one test type for syphilis and both need to be done for accurate results. Herpes can generally be diagnosed with a single test. It may need to be repeated if the infection is too recent. ...Read more

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When you get tested for syphilis and HIV do they test for herpes at the same time or no?

No: The blood tests for herpes aren't very useful. The clinical picture is the basis for the diagnosis; lab work is at best confirmatory and at worst simply misleading. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm 33 and I've been diagnosed with herpes zoster. I had unprotected passive sex 3 weeks ago with a man who might have syphilis. Are the 2 related?

No: Herpes zoster (shingles) is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually spread by sexual contact. Shingles is a viral infection, syphilis is a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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1mmx3mm painless sore thin and lighter colored slightly elevated contour and more reddish at the centre? Symptoms don't match syphilis or herpes or hpv

1mmx3mm painless sore thin and lighter colored slightly elevated contour and more reddish at the centre? Symptoms don't match syphilis or herpes or hpv

Ulcer: This needs to be seen in order to be diagnosed, and your history of exposures will play a significant role in the evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I am tested for herpes, and the culture is positive and the blood test is negative. And my STD test is reactive for syphilis what should I believe?

If I am tested for herpes, and the culture is positive and the blood test is negative. And my STD test is reactive for syphilis what should I believe?

See your DR.: First infection with herpes or syphilis does not show pos blood test until about 2 weeks. Culture pos for herpes with neg blood test means you should be on full dose of valacyclovir or Acyclovir for at least a week. Repeat blood test for syphilis in about 1 month. ...Read more

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Swollen vagina w/ what looks more like chancres than clusters. Very painful to urinate. Waiting on test results. More likely to be herpes or syphilis?

Swollen vagina w/ what looks more like chancres than clusters. Very painful to urinate. Waiting on test results. More likely to be herpes or syphilis?

Here are some...: I'm glad that you;ve got medical attention and just wait the test reports to come. Clinically, the skin lesions are probably not related with syphilis since its lesion is painless, but more likely herpetic lesions with superimposed cellulitis leading to such pain upon urination. To help doc deduce right Dx, follow instructions in http://www. Formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html so to work with Doc... ...Read more

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Can I have sex again to have a child after 11 months of last exposure with multiple (-) HIV PCR and Combo? ; also (-) Syphilis, Hep A, B&C, Herpes & HPV

Can I have sex again to have a child after 11 months of last exposure with multiple (-) HIV PCR and Combo? ; also (-) Syphilis, Hep A, B&C, Herpes & HPV

Yes: If the nucleic acid tests were negative at 11 months after potential exposure, you are free of the infections and can try to have a baby.
Start taking pre-natal vitamins.
Wish you good health and a healthy baby.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I'm having painless mouth sore - worried that it is syphilis or herpes infection, or oral cancer?

I'm having painless mouth sore - worried that it is syphilis or herpes infection, or oral cancer?

Simply: Have your own general dentist or an oral surgeon take a look at what you are describing so that you will know exactly what it is and whether or not it needs treatment. From what you describe it's unlikely it's any of the three things you mentioned. However, you should find out what it is and the only way to do that is to have someone personally examine you. ...Read more

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Painless mouth sore - worried that it is syphilis or herpes infection, or oral cancer. How do I get tested?

Painless mouth sore - worried that it is syphilis or herpes infection, or oral cancer. How do I get tested?

Oral Surgeon: Make an appointment with a local oral surgeon who will take a full medical history and examine your lesion. A biopsy may be necessary for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Herpes, syphilis, or Hiv? One day after having unprotected oral sex got tingling burning tongue/vagina. 10 days later got 1 big purple bump on pubic

Herpes, syphilis, or Hiv? One day after having unprotected oral sex got tingling burning tongue/vagina. 10 days later got 1 big purple bump on pubic

Get tested: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful answer without examining you and doing some tests. Some of the tests may need to be repeated later. It would be prudent to see a doctor for an evaluation and get tested.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Unprotected oral sex two months ago. Now white tongue with red spots. Dry itchy skin all over, Chills. Bumps on pubic area. Is herpes? Syphilis? Hiv?

Unprotected oral sex two months ago. Now white tongue with red spots. Dry itchy skin all over, Chills. Bumps on pubic area. Is herpes? Syphilis? Hiv?

Herpes? Syphilis: Please see your Gynecologist as soon as possible. Explain your worries, then the doctor will examine you and, finally you are likely to have blood work done.
May take a day or two to get the result. ...Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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