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Can You Really Go Crazy From Syphilis
My sis has been acting delusional and paranoid. She acts like she is on drugs, bipolar or schizo but is it possible she is going crazy from syphilis?
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
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
More than u think...: Though overall statistics paints a relatively low number, in certain populations such as msm (men who have sex with men) in urban centers, syphilis rates are disturbingly high - in 2010 the cdc estimates it to be 44 times higher than other men and 40 times that of women. It is also important to remember that co-infection with HIV is not uncommon, so get tested for both! ...Read more
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). ...Read more
A classic STD...: It is caused by invasion of treponema pallidum as shown in https://images. Search. Yahoo. Com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEViZlCWxXCyQAPgcnnIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTEzdHV2ZmlzBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDRkZSVkJLXzEEc2VjA3Nj? P=Treponema+Pallidum&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001. If gained access to its hosts, its related disease is called syphilis displaying in 4 phases - local lesion, systemic, CNS... ...Read more
Transmission: Syphilis is spread when the bacteria called treponema pallidum enters the body through a break in mucosal membranes or skin (usually sex). Rarely it could be spread with direct non-sexual contact with an active lesion. A baby could become infected in utero or during labor. ...Read more
Depends on Staging: When left untreated, syphilis progresses through three distinct stages that include the original genital sore, a rash that covers the body, and neurosyphilis. Between these stages, the infection becomes dormant and the patient is asymptomatic. This is one of the many reasons you should always use protection during intercourse. Your partner may not even be aware of his or her infection. ...Read more
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
Safe is relative: Condoms and inspecting your partners stuff does not equate to being safe enough to prevent syphillus. For that disease you are truely exposed to every partner your partner has had sex with. Only avoiding contact with an infected partner prevents transmission. The best setting is only sharing sex with one partner who has never shared it before. ...Read more
Syphilis and kids: Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease if left untreated, can lead to serious health problems in children and adults. Syphilis affects the heart and blood vessels and can also affect the liver, kidneys, and eyes. If concerned, ask your PCP for more information. Take care. ...Read more
Syphilis: Doxycycline can be a cure to syphilis but it is not the most effective treatment. There is a special Penicillin known as Bicillin or Penacillin G that at 2.4 million units is 100% curative. Syphilis is experienced in three phases but there are often no symptom between phases. Blood testing and antibody titer monitoring are the norms for making sure the treatment was effective. ...Read more
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