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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 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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer