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I have never had unprotected sex, but for some reason i have 3 red puss filled dots in my genital area. And i was wondering if it is syphilis and how to get rid of it???

syphilis would usually present with one large sore called a primary chancre, but is curable with penicillin. Get checked out by a doctor.  (+ info)


I have just recently found out that a neighbor had syphilis. Can you help me with some questions??? Hypothetically if my neighbor used the bathroom and did not wash his hands could it be spread that way? Or if someone used his toilet? Basically could it be be spread in any non-sexual way? Thank you so much for anyone who answers my question on posts a good link! I am sorry for my lack of education in the STD department!

Syphilis can be transmitted only by sexual contact or through rare circumstances (e.g. open-wound to open-wound contact, hospital negligence of using HIV-contaminated syringes to patients, etc). Kissing a person with syphilis won't even cause you to be contaminated with the disease. Don't fret unless you have had a sexual intercourse with the person.  (+ info)

When someone contracts syphilis, how long do they have to receive treatment?

Meaning, once syphilis is contracted, how long do you have to get treatment before it kills you? Also, is it possible to receive treatment when symptoms and conditions are at their worse?

yes you can get treatment anytime but why wait. It is a miserable debilitating death that can be easily eliminated. If you wait until the latent stages dementia is an inevitable part of that.  (+ info)

I say Syphilis was acquired by European settlers in the new world, am I correct?

I say Syphilis was acquired by European settlers in the new world from the natives and transferred back to Europe where it spread rapidly. My friend says Syphilis was known to Europeans since antiquity.
I say she's wrong and confusing Syph with Gonorrhea.
Who's correct?

During the 16th century, it was called "great pox" in order to distinguish it from smallpox. In its early stages, the great pox produced a rash similar to smallpox (also known as variola). However, the name is misleading, as smallpox was a far more deadly disease.  (+ info)

Can a woman pass on syphilis to her newborn without passing it on to her mate?

She tested negative for any STD's and VD's during her testing cycle with her OB/GYN. But, back in May 07 when our newborn was born, Syphilis showed up in his system. She then told me that she had contracted it 7 years earlier but was treated and cured. If that's true, then why didn't she pass it on to me? We did not have sex between Feb 07 and May 07. Could it be possible or likely that she contracted it during that time period since we did not have sex with each other.

if i am correct...syphillis is never really cured. it's treatable but not cure-able. so, maybe she just had a reoccurance of it.

i hope your boy is fine.  (+ info)

What people were purposely given syphilis and by who?

What people were infected with syphilis without their knowledge as part of an experiment? Why were these people chosen? Who did it and why?

No one was purposely "infected with syphilis without their knowledge as part of an experiment".  (+ info)

How long does it take for SYPHILIS to show up in a blood test?

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

Syphilis is caused by the spirochete Treponema pallidum and is characterized by 3 sequential clinical, symptomatic stages separated by periods of asymptomatic latent infection. Common manifestations include genital ulcers, skin lesions, meningitis, aortic disease, and neurologic syndromes. Diagnosis is by serologic tests and adjunctive tests selected based on the disease stage. Penicillin is the drug of choice.
Venereal disease research laboratory (VDRL) test
A negative test is normal and means that no antibodies to syphilis have been detected. The screening test is most likely be positive in secondary and latent syphilis. During primary and tertiary syphilis this test may be falsely negative.
Rapid plasma reagin (RPR)- False-negatives may occur in persons with early- and late-stage syphilis. More testing may be needed before ruling out syphilis.
Fluorescent treponemal antibody absorption (FTA-ABS) test- A positive FTA-ABS usually indicates infection with syphilis. This test result will remain positive for life even if syphilis has been adequately treated. Therefore, it cannot be used to monitor the treatment of syphilis.  (+ info)

What is the earliest age someone can get syphilis?

I am just curious. Does someone need to have gone through puberty in order to catch syphilis?

It's possible of getting if from your mother during pregnancy if the syphilis was left untreated during that time.

Syphilis is a bacterial infection that is spread through direct contact with a resulting sore. These sores can be found around the genitals, anus and mouth. Similar to other STD’s such as Chlamydia, a person that has syphilis can not show any symptoms or the symptoms can go unrecognized. You can transmit this disease during stage 1 and stage 2 when the sores are present.  (+ info)

Is it possible to reverse the nerve damage that syphilis causes?

Is it possible to reverse the nerve damage that syphilis causes? If someone had syphillis for 2 years will that person ever be able to regain feeling in his penis?

I dont think so.oooohhhhh thats a bad one to have.  (+ info)

What are the long and short term effects of syphilis?

I would love to know the long and short term effects of syphilis!
I was just curious all of a sudden.

Early signs of syphilis are a red/brown rash about the size of a penny that may be on all of your body or just certain parts like the palms of your hands or the bottoms of your feet. This is the most common early symptom. Also headache, mild fatigue, hair loss, and swollen lymph nodes may occur.
Long term symptoms include serious heart abnormalties, mental disorders, blindness, other nuerological symptoms, and sometimes even death.

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