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Is there other ways to catch syphilis without having sex?

Is there other ways to catch syphilis without having sex?

Define sex?: An infant may acquire the disease from its mother during pregnancy. Someone with direct contact to infected syphillus sores in whatever context can acquire the disease. It is not spread in the air like a flu. ...Read more

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Couples often worry about having sex during pregnancy. They may be afraid that having sex could cause a miscarriage or harm the baby. It is best to talk to your doctor or nurse midwife about your specific situation to make sure you are considered at low risk for complications such a ...Read more


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How common is getting syphilis through oral sex? And what other STD are passed on through oral sex? Is it common to catch STD through oral sex?

How common is getting syphilis through oral sex? And what other STD are passed on through oral sex? Is it common to catch STD through oral sex?

Any STD can be: Transmitted through oral sex, including syphilis, if the other person is infected (which they may not know). Gonorrhea, chlamydia and HPV(human papilloma virus) are more common than syphilis these days and can be transmitted this way, This is why use of condoms for oral sex, as well as anal or vaginal sex is so important. ...Read more

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How can I get syphilis apart from sex?

Transmission: Syphilis is spread when the bacteria called treponema pallidum enters the body through a break in mucosal membranes or skin (usually sex). Rarely it could be spread with direct non-sexual contact with an active lesion. A baby could become infected in utero or during labor. ...Read more

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Can people catch syphilis from toilets?

Can people catch syphilis from toilets?

It is possible: But not very comfortable. It is a sexually transmitted infection. ...Read more

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I am always safe, can I still catch syphilis?

I am always safe, can I still catch syphilis?

Safe is relative: Condoms and inspecting your partners stuff does not equate to being safe enough to prevent syphillus. For that disease you are truely exposed to every partner your partner has had sex with. Only avoiding contact with an infected partner prevents transmission. The best setting is only sharing sex with one partner who has never shared it before. ...Read more

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What is risk to syphilis if doxacycline 100 mg 2 times for 14 days taken after sex without any test?

Syphylis: That is a therapy for syphylis but i don't understand if you are asking if you can develop syphylis after treating it even though you did not have it to begin with. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get syphilis and aids through oral sex?

Is it possible to get syphilis and aids through oral sex?

Yes: It is definitely possible to get syphilis from oral sex. Hiv is more rarely transmitted through unprotected (no condom) oral sex with men, and very rare with oral sex with women. People at risk ar emore likely to have bad gums or sores in their mouths that provide easier entry for the hiv. It is safer to use condoms (men) or dental dams (women) for oral sex. ...Read more

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How long does syphilis live on an object (like a sex toy)?

How long does syphilis live on an object (like a sex toy)?

Probably not at all: Drying kills syphilis bacteria (and probably all other STDs), and nobody has been reported to have caught syphilis through sex toys, only by direct sexual exposure. Of course sex toys should be cleaned between use by different persons, but failure to do so probably still is low risk as long as enough time has passed for fluids on the device to have dried up. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a syphilis chancre to show up 5 months after sex?

It is possible : Yes it is. It can take 6 weeks to develop signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you get syphilis If you are clean and you have unprotected sex with someone else who is also clean?

Can you get syphilis If you are clean and you have unprotected sex with someone else who is also clean?

No: Syphilis is a bacteria spread from one person to another. Syphilis doesn't magically appear, which means a person must catch it from another person who already has it. The concern is, "How does one know his or her partner doesn't carry syphilis germs caught from a prior sexual encounter?" ...Read more

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How long does the syphilis virus show up in a test after sex?

About 2-5 weeks.: Treponemal antibody tests, like fta-abs and mha-tp usually become positive two to five weeks after the initial infection. These tests stay positive, even after therapy. ...Read more

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What will be effect if we take syphilis treatment as early as possible after unsafe sex without examination?

Treating before test: Syphilis can sometimes be hard to treat and it is always good to get a test drawn before treatment so that the correct antibody titters can be followed. But I have treated some patients with high risk exposure before they could test positive. I would like to know more about the situation you are confronting. ...Read more

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How would I have syphilis? If I have only had sex with on woman and I took her virginity. What does that mean?

Have her tested: If you have syphilis and have only had sex with one woman, it could only have come from her. Either you were fooled about her virginity and she already had it or else someone else gave it to her since you started having sex with her. My sympathies. ...Read more

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How likely is it for a syphilis chancre to first appear more than four months after any oral, anal, or vaginal sex?

How likely is it for a syphilis chancre to first appear more than four months after any oral, anal, or vaginal sex?

Not at all: It would have ocurred 4 mos ago. Usual primary lesion 10-21 days after infection, healing after 3-6 weeks if not treated. Reports of primary 90 days later should be treated with skepticism. No reports of chancre 120 days after infection. 2nd stage is, of course common at 4 months, but that is not a chancre. Clearly you are worried, so you should get checked. ...Read more

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How soon after contracting syphilis can you pass it on. I received oral sex and am now worried. I had sex with my partner the following night.

How soon after contracting syphilis can you pass it on. I received oral sex and am now worried. I had sex with my partner the following night.

Syphilis: Syphilis usually will not show any symptoms for 15 days and it shows up as a painless ulcer on the vulva. You should be more worried about contracting hpv and herpes. The noth of you should be tested before you engage in sexual activity again. ...Read more

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Would giving oral sex to someone with syphilis quickly turn to neuro syphilis and would it show in standard blood tests if it were not passed vaginaly?

No and yes: Neurosyphilis (also called tertiary syphilis) is a slow process. It usually occurs 3-15 years after the initial infection, if that infection is not treated. The standard test will detect syphilis, irregardless of how it was acquired. ...Read more

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Do we have syphilis chancre in anus without anal sex?

Do we have syphilis chancre in anus without anal sex?

Nope: The chancre (open sore) of newly acquired syphilis occurs only at the site of sexual exposure. The large majority of anal ulcers or sores are not syphilis. Anal fissure is most common. Herpes possible, but like syphilis, only if direct sexual contact. Secondary syphilis can result in superficial ulcers (mucous patches) anywhere on the body, but don't look like chancres. See a doctor for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Need expert advice. After sex, how long should you wait until you get a syphilis test to make sure the virus has already shown up?

Early syphilis: Initial syphilis manifests on the average of 21 days as a painless ulcer in mucosa/genital areas... If this lesion was missed becuase the ulcer is normally painless I would get the test in 2 months. That being said, I would also get a test for other sexually transmitted diseases like hepatitis C and B and HIV. Syphilis is a spirochete -- a type of spiral-shaped bacteria and not a virus. ...Read more

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Wife pregnant, had +rpr 1:1 the confirm done by CIA -, 2.5 weeks later tested again RPR — and eia- 6.5, weeks since last sex. All clear on syphilis?

Wife pregnant, had +rpr 1:1 the confirm done by CIA -, 2.5 weeks later tested again RPR — and eia- 6.5, weeks since last sex. All clear on syphilis?

All clear: It is not unusual to have a false positive RPR in pregnancy. That is the reason we do the specific test for confirmation. Since it was negative your wife does not have syphilis. ...Read more

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Wife is pregnant has + RPR 1:1, negative confirmatory by ClIA, negative. 2 weeks later RPR negative and eia negative (6.5 weeks after last sex). All clear on syphilis?

Yes she is: Hi. I read a few of your consults with other doctors on Health Tap. Many of them have advised that you followup with your own doctor to get additional testing. The world is not perfect. Occasionally labs produce errors. The first test may be a false positive. If the test is repeated more than once with negative results then assume you are negative for Syphilis. ...Read more

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Can I contract syphilis without sexual intercourse or oral sex?

Can I contract syphilis without sexual intercourse or oral sex?

Yes, rarely: The rash of syphilis as well as the chancre (the initial ulcer) both contain bacteria and so touching either of these with ungloved hands or from genital-frontal contact without penetration can result in transmission. Anal sex can also transmit syphilis. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get syphilis by share a bathroom with a guy who got syphilis(no sex or even shake hands)?

Is it possible to get syphilis by share a bathroom with a guy who got syphilis(no sex or even shake hands)?

Syphilis: No. Absolutely not. This question which is bizarre is a frequent one when people forget to think about disease and how disease happens. Do you know how many stds there are? Do you know how many are potentially life threatening?

Syphilis is transmitted skin to skin, saliva to skin, or blood to skin. It causes a significant sore that may not have any pain. As it progresses a unique rash develop. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm 33 and I've been diagnosed with herpes zoster. I had unprotected passive sex 3 weeks ago with a man who might have syphilis. Are the 2 related?

No: Herpes zoster (shingles) is caused by the varicella-zoster virus — the same virus that causes chickenpox. After you've had chickenpox, the virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain. Years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. Syphilis is a bacterial infection usually spread by sexual contact. Shingles is a viral infection, syphilis is a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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If I had unprotected sex in beginning or end of October and got an HIV test and syphilis test at the beginning of Jan would it be an accurate result?

If I had unprotected sex in beginning or end of October and got an HIV test and syphilis test at the beginning of Jan would it be an accurate result?

Yes: Today's tests are very accurate. I hope you get a clean bill of health. Also, I hope that the memory of having given and received love will be precious to you, even if it wasn't perfect -- human love never is. Continue to be wise. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If you have a cut on your lip, can you catch HIV or syphilis if u share a cigarette with someone?

If you have a cut on your lip, can you catch HIV or syphilis if u share a cigarette with someone?

Possible but: Unlikely. You could get the infection if the person you are sharing cigarette with is infected, has enough agent in the saliva or has cuts on his/her lips and the cigarette is contaminated. There would have to be sufficient inoculum to get into the cuts on your lips. I can say for sure that smoking is bad for you and you should quit while you are ahead. ...Read more

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Syphilis (Definition)

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