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I had an outbreak of herpes in May.My gyno tested me for HIV & syphilis-it was negative. why are symptoms of herpes-HIV the same? should i be worried?

I had an outbreak of herpes in May.My gyno tested me for HIV & syphilis-it was negative. why are symptoms of herpes-HIV the same? should i be worried?

Genital herpes: Is caused by a virus. You may find that this will be helped by taking a supplement of the amino acid lysine. I suggest that you research this for yourself. ...Read more

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I had an outbreak of HSV-2 in May-Gyno had me test for HIV/Syphilis. Both came out negative.I still worry because symptoms are similar. Should I be?

I had an outbreak of HSV-2 in May-Gyno had me test for HIV/Syphilis. Both came out negative.I still worry because symptoms are similar. Should I be?

Retest: If the tests are negative, that should be reassuring. However, if this is something that keeps you up at night, you should retest. If negative, that should settle it. ...Read more

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Can syphilis be cured?

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?

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 is advanced syphilis treated?

How is advanced syphilis treated?

Penicillin: Preferably with penicillin, either by injection, or, or when it involves the nervous system, by IV infusion for 10 to 14 days. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of syphilis?

What are the symptoms of syphilis?

Primary: Syphilis has three phases. Primary, secondary and tertiary and each is quite different in its presentation. Primary syphilis usually shows what is termed a hard chancre. This is a skin ulcer with raised edges and a firm non-tender center. It can appear anywhere the organism entered your body, usually on the genetalia or the mucous membranes of the mouth (tongue is not uncommon). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of syphilis?

What are the symptoms of syphilis?

Depends: Depends on the stage of the syphilis. So therefore if you are concerned see your doctor right away ...Read more

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Syphilis negative at 6 weeks would i be finr?

Syphilis: Yes. Most likely you are fine. But, i would watch for any red bumps that may appear on your hands or feet and if this happens get back to see your physician. ...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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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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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