|Help! Syphilis/HIV Transmission Risk
May 27, 2013
I had safe sex with a female sex worker, and week later a small pimple like lesion appeared on the base of the penis around the part where the condom ended, I popped it and a white clear like substance came out. This lesion lasted for 3 days and healed up. About 2 weeks later I had some pain in armpits and a rash on my face. My question is could I have contracted Syphilis even though I used a condom and it didn't brake and if so, the lesion appeared on the part where there was intact skin could it have transmitted HIV thorough the syphilis infection?
| Response from Dr. Wohl
The lesion you describe is not classic for syphilis, which typically first causes a painless ulcer. Therefore, I would say the risk that this is syphilis is really low but given the rash and lymph node swelling later on, it is worth getting tested.
I see no risk for HIV here at all even in you did contract syphilis.
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