Syphilis

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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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. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 had protected sex with multiple partners. What is the risk of HIV infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old male, and I had sex with two female partners, three months back. I had vaginal and oral sex. The intercourse lasted for about five minutes, twice with each partner. I had a condom on throughout the time. Starting a week or so later, I had a pimple-like bump at the edge ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ravinder Kaur Sachdeva

HIV AIDS Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The answers to your queries are as follows: If you had sex with a latex condom, used properly, separate for each act, separate for both the partners¬†and it did not break or slip, then it was a protected act. It not only prevents HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) but ...  Read Full »

Kindly guide the usage of Argyreia speciosa for the treatment of gonorrhea and syphilis.

Query: Hello doctor,I want information regarding Argyreia speciosa. I have heard that the plant has also been used to treat gonorrhea and syphilis. I am finding it hard to find traditional preparation techniques for treating these conditions. Kindly guide.  Read Full »


Dr. Sheena Rony

Ayurveda Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Argyrea speciosa (vriddhadaru) it has been used traditionally for treating several diseases like gonorrhea, syphilis, diabetes, to improve fertility rate, etc. It is valuable parts leaves, root, and seeds. Leaves can be heated and directly applied over pustules for p...  Read Full »

I was treated for syphilis and I have flu-like symptoms now. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hello doctor,Three months ago, I was treated for syphilis with a shot of penicillin and other antibiotics. I was never tested for syphilis. I am a very active gay man who had signs of syphilis, and my infectious disease doctor presumptively treated me by providing antibiotics before I was tested. He...  Read Full »


Dr. Payal Chauhan

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that you are concerned. But serological tests for syphilis do not work like this. There are tests which remain positive for a lifetime if you once acquired syphilis. I dont know what features you had of syphilis but to confirm you have it or not you need t...  Read Full »

What is the painless pimple like swelling above penis area?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday onwards I could see one small swelling, seems to be a pimple like one appearing above my penis area. Could you please explain this? I do not have any pain but feeling afraid.  Read Full »


Dr. Ohams Henry

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The pimple like small swelling you say is not painful and no other similar swelling anywhere else. Was there a history of sexual contact with an unknown woman unprotected prior to the appearance of the lesion, any swellings around your groin, the swelling, is it ulcerat...  Read Full »

Why is there soreness in penile shaft?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore at the middle of my penile shaft. I believe this was due to excessive masturbation and having sex when it was sore and hurting, to begin with. It seems like it is healing up, but I want to make sure. There has not been pus, discharge or pain from peeing. Just the irritat...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Hematologist, Pathologist

Answer: Hello Welcome to icliniq.com. Usually, whenever soreness is present over the penis we have to rule out herpes or syphilis. But I have seen attached image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It does not look like any sexually transmitted illness. For a few days, it is advisable to stop ...  Read Full »

TPA is high but VDRL is negative. Does it indicate latent syphilis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been tested for TPA by CLIA and a high titer of 451 was detected. But VDRL is nonreactive. There is a history of unprotected sex three years back with small erosions in genitalia. At that time broad medicines including antibiotics and antifungals were taken without any specific...  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Meena

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. As you have mentioned the TPA (Treponema pallidum antibody assay) is positive. 2. VDRL is nonreactive.3. Next step to confirm if you have latent syphilis, you need to get one of the following two tests first. A.TPHA (Treponema pallidum Haemagglutination assay). ...  Read Full »

Why is there an ulcer at the back of penile shaft with no symptoms?

Query: Hello doctor, Small painless itchless ucler at the back of penile shaft with no other symptoms.  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your case. According to your description and clinical picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), this ulcer could be a manifestation of primary chancre of syphilis (one of the sexually transmitted diseases, if there is a history of sex...  Read Full »

Treatment for Canker Sores with Pus

Query: Hello doctor, I have a couple of canker sores and two are on my lip and has pus in them and two on the bottom. Can you tell me what to do with them?  Read Full »


Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Dentist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have been through your query and I can understand your concern. Canker sores are a characteristic feature of syphilis. This syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. Purulent pustules are generally seen which burst to form canker sores. You should get yourself t...  Read Full »

Please explain the window period of syphilis.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 36 years old, and my partner is 55 years old. We have been in an exclusive relationship for over three years. Throughout the entire relationship, I never had sexual contact with anyone other than him. He got a rash before two months. The GP diagnosed it as shingles. But after seeing...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Dutt Mathur

Internal Medicine Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The median incubation period (interval between contracting infection and clinical manifestations) of primary syphilis is 21 days (ranges from 10 to 90 days), and it rarely exceeds six weeks. Once the primary sore appears, it persists for four to six weeks, and then it h...  Read Full »

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