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I have all the symptoms of syphilis but the test results came back negative. What could I have?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Needs evaluation

The basic test for syphilis is calked an rpr.
It is very sensitive meaning a false positive is rare. If you know you have been exposed then get retested. The symptoms of syphilis vary widely and can often be confused for other disease. Because of this syphilis is known as the "great imitator." see your doctor to evaluate what other tests for other diagnosis should be considered.

In brief: Needs evaluation

The basic test for syphilis is calked an rpr.
It is very sensitive meaning a false positive is rare. If you know you have been exposed then get retested. The symptoms of syphilis vary widely and can often be confused for other disease. Because of this syphilis is known as the "great imitator." see your doctor to evaluate what other tests for other diagnosis should be considered.
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Dr. H. hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Prob not syphilis

This depends on the meaning of "all the symptoms", and when you might have been exposed.
If your last possible exposure was more than 6-8 weeks ago, then the test result rules: whatever symptoms you have aren't due to syphilis. If it's been more recent and you have a non-healing sore at a sexually exposed site (genital, anal, mouth), keep working with your doctor and get re-tested. Good luck!

In brief: Prob not syphilis

This depends on the meaning of "all the symptoms", and when you might have been exposed.
If your last possible exposure was more than 6-8 weeks ago, then the test result rules: whatever symptoms you have aren't due to syphilis. If it's been more recent and you have a non-healing sore at a sexually exposed site (genital, anal, mouth), keep working with your doctor and get re-tested. Good luck!
Dr. H. hunter Handsfield
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Dr. H. hunter Handsfield
To expand on "all the symptoms": For 150 years syphilis has been called "the great imitator", because innumerable other medical conditions cause the same symptoms and health problems. No matter how typical the symptoms, most people with them don't have syphilis. Your negative blood test further proves the point. As for what you actually have, you'll have to see a doctor.
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