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Is Syphilis Dangerous

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Syphilis and HIV: A Dangerous Duo Affecting Gay and Bisexual Men

A blog by Gail Bolan, M.D., Director of the Division of STD Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discusses surveillance data released in CDC's 2011 STD Surveillance Report. Bolan draws attention to the increase in primary... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Canada: Toronto Warns "Attack of the Syphilis"

With a tip of the hat to the classic sci-fi thriller "Creature from the Black Lagoon," the AIDS Committee of Toronto is using a bit of humor to warn gay men about the dangers of syphilis. Headlined "Attack of the Cursed Syphilis," the movie poster... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chicago Reports Syphilis Cases Increase Among Gay Men

Alarmed by a spike in syphilis infection among gay men, the Chicago Department of Public Health on Wednesday urged gay men and anyone with symptoms of syphilis to be tested and treated. This year's spike, seen largely in the gay communities of... Read more »
Ask the Experts

syphilis and saliva

yesterday i asked a guy a cigarette and he gave me the cigarette which he was smoking... today i was told that he has syphilis... am i in danger?????...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiSyphilis is transmitted from person to person by direct contact with syphilis sores. Sores occur mainly on the external genitals, vagina, anus, or in the rectum. Sores also can occur on the lips and in the mouth. Syphilis can be transmitted during... Read more »

Syphilis,HIV &HEP. C

I recently was diagnosed with Syphilis, HIV & Hep.C. The Syphilis was in the second stage from what the doctors could tell. I was started on Doxycycline before any of my blood work was done.After it was done my HIV CD4 was 394 & my HIV Viral...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Hmmmm... Let's dissect the issues here. It is not unreasonable to perform a spinal tap (lumbar puncture) in HIV infected people whose syphilis tests are positive. People with HIV have an increased incidence of neurosyphilis and treatment is... Read more »

hiv neg but syphilis+ 2nd time

f.y.i again i had an oral sex with sex worker un protected later on got worried so went for check found out she is syphilis+ but hiv- so i had advance treatment 4 syplilis after 6 weeks again yesterday i take her 4 medical still she is hiv - is that...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Abu,The duration of the window period, defined as the period of time after one becomes HIV infected, but before the immune system kicks in enough to make detectable levels of anti-HIV antibodies, is three months. I can't tell exactly from... Read more »

How dangerous is using semen for lube?

Recetly I used aother man's semen for lube to masurbte myself. I now realize there is danger in doing this, as it can come into contact with the mucus membranes of the urethra. I was wondering just how dangerous this is considered to be? ...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
It's difficult to say how "dangerous" it is to use another person's semen for lubrication of your penis; frankly, there is no need for alarm. What we know about HIV transmission during sexual contact is that it is limited to... Read more »
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Syphilis and Herpes 1/2

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Anybody knows how accurate it is testing for Syphilis at 1 week after exposure.. I tested negative 7 days post exposure, I didn't get the typical 'chancre', but I'm still a little concerned.. since there are rare cases where you might have it... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hi Guys,

I have a question: If I would have been infected with syphilis about FOUR YEARS ago, would I have noticed by now? I do remember having a small pimple-like thing near my penis. It was a small pimple, it was quite sensitive and sometimes it... Read more »

Rise and Fall of Syphilis Said Normal

Posted by Anonymous
Rise and Fall of Syphilis Said Normal
AP National Writer

January 27, 2005, 7:26 AM EST

A recent rise in syphilis rates in the United States is probably due to
natural cycles rather than an increase in unsafe sex or other behaviors,
accordin... Read more »

7 month HIV and Syphilis Negatives...Von Dutch?

Posted by rufenough, 1 Reply
Hi all,

To anyone who has followed my progress out there (especially for you Mrs J&J! And OG, Von Dutch), I got my negative results for HIV and Syphillis Wednesday morning.

My doctor is now referring me onto an infectious disease specialist, and a... Read more »