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What Does Syphilis Mean

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What do the "titer" results for syphilis mean?

I have read a number of responses about syphilis testing and results, but I am totally unclear about what the titer results mean. Is 1:2 low or high? Is 1:16 better or worse than 1:8? The display of titer results in the form of a mathematical ratio...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Thanks for your question.The titers refer to how many times you can dilute the sample and still get a positive result. So if you have lots of antibody you can water it down alot and it will still show up positive.For example: 1:1 is no dilution.... Read more »

How long am I contagious? Syphilis (SYPHILIS, 2011)

I was diagnosed with Syphilis last march, I was given two penicillin injectios in the course of two... Read more »

Syphilis and HIV (SYPHILIS 2011)

I recently submitted a question regarding syphilis and HIV and you were very brief in your... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Syphilis Can Attack the Liver in HIV-Positive Men

Because syphilis is sexually transmitted, it is common for HIV and syphilis co-infection to occur, particular among men who have sex (MSM). This co-infection poses many problems, including these: Treponemes, the germs that cause syphilis, are... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

St. Louis Health Officials Alarmed Over Number of New Syphilis Cases Recorded in January

St. Louis health officials are "on alert" after the city recorded 15 new syphilis cases last month, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The city recorded a total of 65 syphilis cases last year. "This is more cases reported in the month of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Chicago: Syphilis Outbreak Raises HIV Fears

In an attempt to cope with a syphilis outbreak among gay and bisexual men, Chicago Department of Public Health workers utilize a mobile unit to persuade men to get tested for syphilis and HIV. "Sometimes we've had 10 people in the van trying to get... Read more »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

National Plan to Eliminate Syphilis

A national plan to eliminate syphilis in the United States has been created by the Centers for Disease Control. This plan has specific health implications for people at risk for and living with HIV. Syphilis infection is known to increase the... Read more »
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small bump on upper penis...syphilis?

Posted by sparkplug, 2 Replies
Hello all....

six weeks ago....i got intimate with a guy i was kind of dating. We got naked, made out, and did some dry humping (nothing else). i did not notice sores on his penis, and we discussed STDs before doing anything, tho i know that... 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 »

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 »