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siffilis
May 21, 2006

my daughter has goten siffilis. is it deadly of curable. she had penisilin shots,but we think it still in her body,we dont know what stage its in and doctors in kaiser hospital dont know or can not detect,. What i should do being her mother very,very woried.

Response from Dr. Young

Dear mom, thanks for your post.

Syphillis is entirely treatable, usually with penicillin shots (or IV, in some cases). With co-infection with HIV, monitoring for response to therapy (with blood tests) is in order.

What we follow is a test called RPR (after confirmation with a positive test called FTA)-- this measures how much antibody to syphillis is present in the body. A rising level (or titer), greater than 4- to 8-fold would be reason for concern (either indicating poor response to treatment or reinfection).

I hope this helps; no real need to worry here. BY



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