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Can one get neurosyphilis 4 months after acquiring it?

Apr 15, 2013

HIV positive, recently tested for syphilis and I was told my number was 256. I don't know what that means. Do I need to get a lumber puncture? Does treatment for nuerosyphilis require hospitalization or can it be done at home or an outpatient place?

Response from Mr. Cordova

Hi there:

Treatment for neurosyphilis usually includes multiple shots of penicillin. I am not sure what course of treatment your doctor would prescribe. Neurosyphilis only takes place when an infection has gone untreated for many many years.

In regards to your number, that is your titer level. A number that high most likely indicates a recent infection. They will likely monitor your numbers to make sure they are falling at an appropriate rate.

In health,


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