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Syphilis is a bacterial infection, which causes painless sores in the genitals, rectum, and mouth. It is commonly spread through sexual contact. Once infected, the bacteria can be dormant for years without causing any symptoms before getting active.

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I want to know about syphilis for a camp. Please guide.

Query: Hello doctor,I am organizing a health awareness camp and we are focusing on syphilis. I want to make sure I have got all the facts straight. Is it always spread through sexual contact, or are there other ways it can be transmitted? Also, could you give me a rundown of the symptoms folks might experi...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Syphilis is primarily spread through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal, and oral sex. However, there are other less common ways it can be transmitted: Vertical transmission or congenital syphilis: This occurs when a pregnant woman ...  Read Full »

Why is there a white round patch in the tongue with reflux symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am very healthy, 36 years old, with 180 lbs and a height of 6.4 feet. I usually exercise regularly. Three years back, after a stressful year, and switching to a vegan diet for several months, I had nagging reflux symptoms (sore throat, sore tongue, colored tongue, and bitter taste). So...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you may be suffering from nagging reflux symptoms like sore throat, sore tongue, colored tongue, and bitter taste with a white patch on the tongue. According to the picture (attachmen...  Read Full »

Can you get syphilis from drinking in someone's cup?

Query: Hello doctor, Are there any chances of me getting syphilis by drinking a beverage that someone with syphilis already sipped?  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to No, you will not acquire syphilis just by having a drink sipped by a person with syphilis. Modes of transmission of syphilis are: Commonly through sexual contact. From pregnant mother to child. Through blood transfusion. Moreover, the bacteria causing syphil...  Read Full »

I want to know about the public health measures for syphilis. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am reaching out with concerns about syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection. Given its prevalence, I am interested in understanding more about the risks, symptoms, and available testing options. Additionally, could you provide insights into public health measures or initiatives add...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Treponema pallidum. It is transmitted through direct contact with a syphilitic sore, which can occur on the genitals, lips, mouth, or anus duri...  Read Full »

Will I develop syphilis from unprotected sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had unprotected sex during a casual encounter, and I am feeling extremely anxious about the possibility of getting syphilis. I am a 25-year-old male, and this event occurred about two weeks ago. Since then, I have been experiencing some concerning symptoms, like a painless s...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and would like to guide you in your query. Syphilis is one of the sexually transmitted infections caused by unprotected sex. It may show symptoms primarily like, Fever. Fatigue. Headache. Muscle pain. If left untreated, it may lead to ...  Read Full »

I have syphilis and a sore in my mouth and genital area. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I was diagnosed with syphilis at the same time as genital herpes. However, I have had all the syphilis symptoms but no genital herpes. It has been about a month since the first sore appeared. I thought it was just my body irritated from tight clothing or something. When it first happened, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Sexually transmitted infections can be combined, and the test is likely wrong. Syphilis has symptoms only in the primary or acute phase, but secondary and tertiary do not have pain. However, treatment should be taken as soon as possible as...  Read Full »

Could a bump in my scrotum after safe sex be a genital wart?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a protected sex with escort 15 days ago. We did not kiss or do anything without a condom. Today, I noticed a bump next to my scrotum that looks like a wart. I cannot remember whether it was there before. I just noticed it today and it seems to burn. It terrifies me that it may be a ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rashmi Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and honestly it does not seem to be anything related to sexually transmittable disease. It is not a wart too. You did not mention whether it is painful or exhibiting any other symp...  Read Full »

I am feeling urethral discomfort post-hand job. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30 year old male. I received a hand job from a mysterious individual, and afterward, I put hand sanitizer all over my groin area. I think I put some in my urethra as well. Later that night I noticed a dull discomfort in my urethra, but nothing painful. It does not hurt when I pe...  Read Full »

Dr. Ravinder K. Sachdeva

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Hand sanitizers are usually alcohol based preparations. No wonder that it caused some burning or discomfort in urethra. But do not worry, you did not cause any significant harm to yourself. This might not be the sole criteria to worry for STI (sexually transmitted infecti...  Read Full »

How can I best support my friend recently diagnosed with syphilis?

Query: Hi doctor, How can I help my friend who was recently diagnosed with the sexually transmitted illness syphilis? I want to offer expert assistance and emotional support during this difficult time, so I would like to learn more about the illness and the treatments currently available. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I can provide you with general information about syphilis and how you can support your friend during this challenging time. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Treponema pallid...  Read Full »

Is syphilis treatable, and are there preventive measures?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old and highly sexually active. I am worried about getting some kind of sexually transmitted infection, specifically syphilis. Is this condition treatable? I have heard people die from it. What is syphilis and how does it spread? Are there vaccines for it like the HPV...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is good that you are taking your sexual health seriously and asking questions about STIs (sexually transmitted infections) like syphilis. Syphilis is caused by bacteria and can be treated, especially if caught early. It spreads through dir...  Read Full »

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