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Sep 3, 2017

Hiv undectectable for 17 years. Today 8/7/17 i got the news that i have syphilis but doctor dont know how long since he never did the test for me before n i never had any symptoms of anything. He decided to run that test now just to check, i got my 1st treatment n need to go for 2 more n then another blood test in 3 months. Im upset because i always play safe until a couple of days ago. That i was invited to a sex party n decided that why not. Now im afraid to play with anyone n its driving me crazy because i love sex. N i feel i need to wait 3 months to see the results.

Response from Dr. Fawcett

Thanks for writing. I understand your concern and frustration. It's a good idea to regularly include a test for syphilis (RPR) in your routine bloodwork - that way you can catch it quite soon.

Since you always play safe it seems likely that you acquired it just a few days ago and it was caught early. Because there are areas where drug-resistant syphilis is on the rise it is important to monitor your symptoms carefully and follow your doctor's recommendations.

Depending on where you live your doctor or clinic may ask you to identify other persons that may also have been exposed. If you know them personally you should let them know so they can also get treatment and avoid infecting even more people.

Finally, ask your doctor about sex with condoms. That is still the best way to play safe.

Good luck to you,

David



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