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Feb 4, 2014

my sister in-law was diagnosed with syphylis last friday she was not sexually active for the last 15 years how is it possible that she can have the above

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thank you for posting.

The syphilis test detects if one has ever had the infection; so even if your sister-in-law hasn't been sexually active for years, the test can still detect an earlier infection.

If she hasn't been treated in the past for syphilis, she should receive antibiotics (usually penicillin).

Hope that's helpful. BY

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