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Can you really go crazy from syphilis?

Can you really go crazy from syphilis?

Yes: In the past when syphilis was common, the so called tertiary type occurring years later in the course of disease caused the so called gpi (general paresis of the insane) mistaken for purely psychiatric disease. ...Read more

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Syphilis makes you go mad, is that true?

Yes: Neurosyphilis (tertiary phase)can present as delirium, dementia, mania, paranoia, personality changes, cognitive changes or psychosis. Encephalitis can present in the quaternary phase. ...Read more

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Asked yesterday but question was not really answered. Which comes positive first for syphilis RPR or cia?

Asked yesterday but question was not really answered. Which comes positive first for syphilis RPR or cia?

CIA?: An appropriate syphilis test involves two stages: the RPR is done FIRST- if positive, a confirmatory test such as an "FTA-ABS' or an "EIA for TPA" must be done. The 2-stage test is more cost effective and decreases the number of 'false positive' results. Discuss this important question further with your ordering doctor. ...Read more

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Can syphilis be cured?

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?

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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How do syphilis sores heal?

Antibiotics: Use the right kind of antibiotics would do. Let dermatologist help you, don't treat yourself. ...Read more