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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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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Syphilis (Definition)

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Is syphilis spread in the air?

Is syphilis spread in the air?

No: Syphillis is not spread in the air like a flu or cold. Transmission requires direct contact with the germ.This can be as it passes mom to baby in her blood, thru a tainted blood transfusion(they test it to avoid that) &direct contact with sores during sex or other contact. ...Read more

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Is it possible for syphilis to be spread if two people put their heads together, like in a hug or something?

Is it possible for syphilis to be spread if two people put their heads together, like in a hug or something?

Syphilis: Casual contact is not the way any std is contracted or spread. Syphilis, however, is unique in that it can be spread directly from an infected sore on the skin to another's skin. It can also be spread through saliva, blood, semen, or other bodily fluids. It is not spread through uninfected skin without a sore or syphilis chancre. ...Read more

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Can syphilis spread by sharing cricket abdomen guard?

Can syphilis spread by sharing cricket abdomen guard?

Not likely but...: In theory, if the abdomen guard were in direct contact with the skin of a person with a secondary syphillis rash and then immediately after came in contact with your skin, it could transmit but this is very unlikely. Syphilis is traditionally only transmitted sexually or through contact directly with either the chancre or the rash. ...Read more

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Can syphilis spread without a chancre present after oral sex with a male? Would it present as an upper respiratory infection 3 mos later?

Can syphilis spread without a chancre present after oral sex with a male? Would it present  as an upper respiratory infection 3 mos later?

Syphilis: Yes it can occur without a visible chancre. Upper respiratory infection 3 mos later would be very rare, but syphilis is known as the great masquerader and can present in almost any fashion. You should go and be checked for all STDs and stop having unprotected sex. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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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