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If untreated is syphilis deadly?

If untreated is syphilis deadly?

Absolutely: The Tuskeegee study, in which mostly black men in the US south known to have syphilis were followed until they became symptomatic with the advanced disease rather than being treated, was a crime. However, it left no doubt that one can indeed die of syphilis. Even today, one occasionally sees neurosyphilis or a ruptured thoracic aneurysm. ...Read more

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Syphilis (Definition)

A sexually transmitted disease involving a ...Read more


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How is syphilis treated?

How is syphilis treated?

Pencillin: Preferably with high-dose penicillin, either given by injection or infusion, depending on the stage. ...Read more

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How can one prevent syphilis?

Be careful: Only have sex with a partner that you know well and trust fully. Using a condom will also drastically lower your risk of acquiring an std. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for syphilis?

You can kill germ: The syphillis germ can be killed with antibiotics. Tissue that has been scarred or distroyed by the germ before it was detected may or may not recover from the injury. ...Read more

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Can you be born with syphilis?

Yes: Syphilis can be passed from a mother to baby in utero. This can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, low birth weight ; premature delivery. If untreated the baby can become deaf, have cataracts, seizures or die shortly after birth. ...Read more

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How does one prevent syphilis?

Monogamous sex: Syphillis is one of the silent but deadly killers that has been around forever. It is still quite sensitive to penicillin, but its ability to pass unnoticed during sexual contact and masquerade as many other ailments (flu, dermatitis) often leads affected people to ignore early symptoms and spread it without realizing they have it. Condoms and spermacidal agents offer not real protection. ...Read more

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Can syphilis get in your blood?

Can syphilis get in your blood?

Yes: Syphilis is transmitted by skin to skin contact with an infected sore called a chancre. Over time the organism causing syphilis ( a spriochete) circulates through the blood stream of the host causing problems throughout your body. It is not passed by blood though from person to person. ...Read more

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Can I be re-infected with syphilis?

Can I be re-infected with syphilis?

Yes: You can be infected with syphillus, cured and re-infected, every time you have sexual contact with an infected partner. You will never gain immunity to this this germ like you might with chickenpox or measles. ...Read more

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What do syphilis chancres look like?

See below: Visit this site for pictures of chancres: https://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0LEVj3FBNVVeXUATiUnnIlQ?p=chancre+picture&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&fr2=piv-web&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001 ...Read more

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Can syphilis damage my nervous system?

Yes: Syphillus can enter and begin damaging your brain resulting in a variety of problems. It may cause personality changes, deminished intellect, speech problems, moodiness, as well as other degenerative changes. Once brain cellsare injured they may never recover with treatment. ...Read more

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When you do Latent syphilis follow up?

When you do Latent syphilis follow up?

Every 6 months: Latent Syphilis is usually treated with Benzathine Penicillin G, administered as three doses of 2.4 million units intramuscularly each at one-week intervals. After treatment, follow-up blood testing is usually done every 6 months for 24 months. ...Read more

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What is the size of a syphilis chancre?

Syphilis chancre: Any size can be syphilis chancre. The only way is the do a swab, or titer levels. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about tertiary syphilis?

What can you tell me about tertiary syphilis?

It's very rare: Syphilis occurs in 3 stages: primary (chancre, inflamed lymph nodes nearby), secondary (rash and other symptoms), and tertiary, or late syphilis, typically occuring 1-30 years later, with heart disease, neurological and psychiatric problems, and others. In the past 50 years, tertiary syphilis has been extremely rare (almost entirely absent) in the US and other industrialized countries. ...Read more

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Why is the tibia bowed anteriorly in syphilis?

Saber shin: Many diseases can cause periostitis & bone softening, syphilis being one of them. Anterior bowing is "…due to abnormal weightbearing" according to extract from imaging of tropical diseases: with epidemiological, pathological ..., volume 2 by philip e. S. Palmer, maurice merrick reeder. ...Read more

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Can syphilis be caught from a simple dry kiss?

Lesions: There would have to be an active syphilitic lesion(chancre) on the other person's lips in order to transmit the infection to you. ...Read more

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Can syphilis be detected from vaginal disharge.

Well,...: The definitive method for diagnosing syphilis is visualizing the spirochete via darkfield microscopy. This technique is rarely performed today because it is a technologically difficult method. Diagnoses are thus more commonly made using blood tests. There are two types of blood tests available for syphilis: 1) nontreponemal tests and 2) treponemal tests. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long until syphilis turn into neurosyphilis?

How long until syphilis turn into neurosyphilis?

10-20 years: From the national library of medicine: 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. Not everyone who has syphilis will develop this complication. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for syphilis in the blood?

Vague: You can get skin lesions and other signs of infection but get a blood test. This is nothing to mess around with. Syphilis has three stages, and it gets harder to treat the longer you wait. A simple blood test will tell you if its in the blood. So, get off your duff, and get it done! ...Read more

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Can I die from quaternary syphilis if I ignore it?

Tertiary?: Late-latent syphilis is tertiary syphilis and can produce significant changes and death in individuals affected. ...Read more

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