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Dormant Syphillis
Jun 30, 2005

Dr Bob

Back again, sorry I know this may not be your field but you are so knowledgable. My consultant told me this morning that I had dormant syphillis in my system. My God I never knew I had syphillis,or if i did I cannot remember! I am in the acute hiv infection stage as we say here in europe. Should I be worried about this? He is suggesting a lumber puncture once my Viral load comes down. I am on HAART.

lots of love

Paddy from Holland

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello again, Paddy,

Welcome back to The Forum. I didn't expect to hear from you quite so soon!

Should you be worried? No, but you certainly need to be properly evaluated and treated. Syphilis, untreated, can lead to all sorts of nasty consequences. A competent HIV/AIDS specialist will be able to manage both your recent HIV and latent syphilis infections.

By the way, make sure your boyfriend gets screened for syphilis as well, OK?

Good luck.

Dr. Bob


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