Syphilis And The Immune System

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hello, when the RPR goes negative in a person with untreated syphilis. Does that mean the immune system contained or killed the virus, and that the syphilis cannot cause damage or move into tertiary stage? i have read that the rpr goes negative in...
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
...Syphilis is caused by a bacterial infection. The RPR can become negative or stay positive for many years even after successful treatment. Read more »

about syphilis

If a patient has been HIV+ for 10 yrs.,could they still have syphilis and not know it? How long... Read more »

Can you still have neuro-syphilis, but test negative for syphilis test (blood)?

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


...sometimes there may be many. Nearby lymph glands are often swollen. (Lymph glands, or nodes, are small bean-shaped organs of your immune system containing cells that help fight off germs. They are found throughout the body.) The chancre usually... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Syphilis Can Attack the Liver in HIV-Positive Men, doctors have been reporting more cases of the dreaded neurosyphilis in early-stage syphilis. Treponemes can damage the immune system and lower CD4+ cell counts. A research team in San Diego, working with the United States... Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding the Immune System

...breaks down, people are at risk for opportunistic infections (OIs) and cancers that usually do not harm people with healthy immune systems. HIV can also infect macrophages and other immune cells. Your immune system recognizes and produces... Read more »
Test Positive Aware Network

Syphilis Complications After Starting Treatment for HIV both eyes. Immune Reconstitution Syndrome One of the possible explanations in our patient relates to his regenerating immune system. HIV infection is often overwhelming to the immune system and can suppress its response to varying degrees.... Read more »
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