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Drug Resistant Syphilis
Hello doctor, i had a vdrl test and it came out weak reactive..does this mean i stil have syphilis? and what drug do u sugest, i am using doxycycline
Not always: VDRL is still time honored inexpensive test for mass screening of syphilis , some times will give false positive results , then need as in yours , more specific tests like like RPR , FTA-RBS etc type of tests are needed Check with your doctor , Doxycycline may not be right drug , First diagnosis has to be established before undergoing any treatment . ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Primary or secondary: Earliest sign of primary syphilis is so called chancre, one or more painless hard sores appear after a week & up to 3 months. Last 3 - 6 weeks and heal. Secondary, untreated syphilis, can occur as primary is healing or some weeks later usually with a rash without itching, on one or more parts of body. Secondary can be associated with fever, sore throat, swollen glands, malaise & aches. Treat asap. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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