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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Syphilis (Definition)

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease involving a ...Read more


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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

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

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What happens if syphilis isn't treated right away?

What happens if syphilis isn't treated right away?

It may persist: The more you wait the higher the chances the disease will become chronic, harder to treat. The disease is reportable, usually epidemiologyc investigation is started to identify and treat all possible contacts. ...Read more

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What happens if you can't have a penisillin shot for syphilis?

What happens if you can't have a penisillin shot for syphilis?

Treatment: Depending on the stage of syphilis, intramuscular of intravenous penicillin is recommended with Doxycycline as a back up for penicillin allergy. ...Read more

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What happens if you can't have a penicillin shot for syphilis?

What happens if you can't have a penicillin shot for syphilis?

Doxycycline: Doxycycline for 2-4 weeks is recommended if penicillin cannot be given, or sometimes ceftriaxone. However, penicillin is by far the best drug. If you had a severe penicillin allergy in the past, then probably penicillin should be avoided. Otherwise, it still might be the best choice for you. Discuss it with your doctor or, even better, an infectious diseases or STD specialist. ...Read more

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I have syphilis. Will I ever be able to have a baby that won't contract the syphilis from me?

Yes: Syphilis is caused by a bacteria, that readily responds to antibiotics. As long as you comply with all treatment recommendations, you should be cured and not present any risk to your future baby from this disease. ...Read more

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I went to get tested at planned parenthood i asked her about syphilis she said that i would have symptoms should I believe this and that i don't haveit?

Syphilis: Nope. She is wrong. I don't mean to guess, but if your exposure is with men then you definitely need a test and maybe even testing every three to six months would be wise. If your sexual partner is female then testing once is fine and then only repeating the test is you change partners or have other possible exposure. The problem is that if your infection is in your mouth or anus no symptoms. ...Read more

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Rpr test weak reactive. Does it mean I have syphilis even i don't have symptoms?

Confirmatory test: You need to have a confirmatory test (sometimes called an fta) to tell the difference between a false postivite test, which is common, and a true infection. ...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 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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