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Doctor insights on: Latent Syphilis Symptoms

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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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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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Latent syphilis and pregnant. im being treated but how does this affect my baby 17wks preg?

Latent syphilis and pregnant. im being treated but how does this affect my baby 17wks preg?

Congenital syphilis: The risk to your baby is low. Dangerous consequences of congenital syphilis (infection of the baby in in utero) occur mostly in the last few weeks before delivery. You're way ahead of that and penicillin now will protect the baby against serious outcomes. If your latent syphilis is late (over a year with weakly pos blood test) the risk is even lower. Best wishes for your growing family! ...Read more

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I am 25 years of age. i am infected with latent syphilis. . please help me. the cause of this disease is excessive masturbation.

I am 25 years of age. i am infected with latent syphilis. . please help me. the cause of this disease is excessive masturbation.

Unusual statement: You don't get syphilis by masturbating.You get it from an infected person having some form of sexual contact or you are born with it passed down by your mother.Latent syphillis is curable with antibiotic treatment although some of the damaage done by the germs may not return to normal. ...Read more

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How accurate would a RPR test be for late latent syphilis (approx. 24-30 months after unprotected sex)? Or would a FTA-ABS/VDRL be more accurate?

How accurate would a RPR test be for late latent syphilis (approx. 24-30 months after unprotected sex)? Or would a FTA-ABS/VDRL be more accurate?

Both are good: Both are good accurate tests. Most labs start with the inexpensive RPR as a screening test and the do an FTABS if positive. Some labs go straight for VDRL or FTABS. Either way is fine. Both work great. ...Read more

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Pt had rashes on soles of feet & palms at 4yo, was treated w/something, lesions went away, is it possible they are still infected w/latent syphilis?

???????: Second stage syphilis has lesions palms ; soles, also other symptoms. Latent syphilis is latent, meaning no symptoms. A blood test will reveal syphilis. Is the patient aged 4 ? Probably a virus. Possibly pustular dermatitis or psoriasis. If any suspician of syphilis be sure to get the blood test. ...Read more

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Does everyone show symptoms for syphilis?

Does everyone show symptoms for syphilis?

Depends on Staging: When left untreated, syphilis progresses through three distinct stages that include the original genital sore, a rash that covers the body, and neurosyphilis. Between these stages, the infection becomes dormant and the patient is asymptomatic. This is one of the many reasons you should always use protection during intercourse. Your partner may not even be aware of his or her infection. ...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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Do syphilis symptom first appear with big lesion rather than a chancre?

Do syphilis symptom first appear with big lesion  rather than a chancre?

Variable: If you have any concern see your doctor as syphilis is easily treatable. Visit this site for pictures of early syphilis lesions. https://www.google.com/search?q=chancre+pictures&biw=1440&bih=726&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAWoVChMIvbzF5b2VxwIVCKCACh2-UQvF&dpr=1 ...Read more