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Doctor insights on: Is Syphilis A Bloodborne Pathogen

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Bloodborne pathogens put you at greater risk of getting HBV than hiv?

Bloodborne pathogens put you at greater risk of getting HBV than hiv?

Both bloodborne: Both HBV and HIV are bloodborne pathogens, so I'm not sure what you mean by your question. Read more

Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Syphilis (Definition)

A sexually transmitted disease involving a ...Read more


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How do you get syphilis?

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?

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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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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How common is syphilis in the us?

How common is syphilis in the us?

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

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Wht food not to eat while syphilis?

Wht food not to eat while syphilis?

No restrictions: There is no dietary restrictions for patients with syphilis. Read more

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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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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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Is it possible for syphilis to cure itself?

No: The symptoms may go away, but you'll still be infected, which could cause problems later. Read more

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What re the symptoms of syphilis and its cure?

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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What are are the symptoms of syphilis in baby?

What are are the symptoms of syphilis in baby?

See below: The common symptoms and signs of congenital syphilis are: snuffles (white, bloody or purulent), rash, enlarged liver, spleen, and lymph nodes, and jaundice. Read more

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In how many weeks syphilis is detectable by test?

2-4 weeks: There is a window period during which time you might not test positive for syphilis but still be infected. This window period can vary by type of test -- and probably from person to person. The syphilis lesion (chancre) usually appears 1-3 weeks after exposure and the vdrl/rpr blood test usually is reactive 1-2 weeks after the lesion appears. Read more

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The chances of contracting syphilis from one time?

Can't give you a #: All sexually transmitted diseases are acquired from one sexual encounter, whether it was you first or your 100th. It's just the luck of the drawn--you you were with, and wihat you did. That's why it's best to always play safe. Read more

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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 is the definition or description of: syphilis?

Syphilis: Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease involving a bacteria called treponema pallidum. Read more