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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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Is the pain in my penile shaft due to an STD?

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. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello Welcome to 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 »

I am HPV-positive with white bumps on my penis. Is it syphilis?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been prescribed Fucidic acid for the white spots that appeared on my penis. They do not cause pain, and the bumps are large. No itchiness on the bumps. I have not applied Fusidic acid yet. No pain in urination. I am HPV positive (variant 56). I want to get a second opinion. I hope i...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This seems to be a warty lesion. It is small and might grow bigger. This is HPV (human papillomavirus). From time to time, warty lesions can form and can be treated by a local application of salicylic acid 1 %. You can get it from any pharmacy. Apply it twice daily till...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with syphilis and under medication. Kindly help.

Query: Hi, There are black crusts on my penis head and one reddish bump on the side as well as many red bumps spread across my legs and feet. They itch extremely. They do not hurt unless touched but only hurts slightly. The doctor said it was syphilis but it does not look like that. I am currently on Doxy...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, the lesions seen in the picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) are not typical lesions of syphilis. Have you got any investigations done? Like VDRL (venereal disease research laboratory test) and TPHA (treponema pallidum haemagglutinati...  Read Full »

I am experiencing rashes post-oral sex. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, After having oral intercourse and getting into contact with a foul-smelling vaginal discharge, I acquired rashes on my hands and legs. Please help.   Read Full »

Dr. V. Srikanth Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. The rash resembles dry eczema (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity). How long does it take between oral sex and the appearance of rashes? The lesion, however, resembles dry eczema (a kind of allergy)...  Read Full »

I was misdiagnosed to have syphilis and had treatment. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male. Before a month, I visited a hospital in my hometown for pain on the penis. They conducted VDRL and TPHA test and said that the test came back as weak positive. So, it is the first stage of syphilis. They prescribed me an injection and some tablets for five days. A...  Read Full »

Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to TPHA (Treponema pallidum hemagglutination) is a test to detect treponemal antibodies, which are produced by the body against the bug that causes syphilis. The point is that TPHA is known to show false positive results for some reasons and hence, any positive reaction ...  Read Full »

I am concerned about my reactive TPHA result. Does it indicate STD?

Query: Hello doctor, In a routine VDRL test, I tested positive. We checked for HIV and syphilis. HIV was negative, while the TPH test was reactive. I underwent a therapy of penicillin two shots before ten months, one the next month and one more the following month with three weeks gap between each. I r...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement you have recently done TPHA (treponema pallidum hemagglutination assay) test and shown reactive (1:80). A reactive TPHA test most likely indicates infection by T.Pallidum but is not sufficient to determine dise...  Read Full »

Can kissing cause syphilis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about syphilis. I am 29 years old, female. I am not sexually active but I got engaged recently and my fiancé had previous relationships. He only kisses me sometimes which I am worried that by kissing some disease might be transferred to me from him. I got ...  Read Full »

Dr. Peter Bryant Rapsing Grutas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Syphilis cannot be transmitted through kissing. It is only transmitted through oral, anal and genital sex. However, syphilis can cause oral ulcers. If you kissed someone with an active oral ulcer, then the risk of getting syphilis through kissing may occur. Is there ...  Read Full »

I have syphilis and a sore in my mouth and genital area. Can it be a genital herpes infection?

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 »

What do a reactive VDLR test and FTA-ABS test for syphilis indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently took the VDLR test, which was reactive to 1:1 and non-reactive to 1:2. So I took the FTA-ABS test. The result was reactive for IgG and non-reactive for IgM. Every year I do the rapid blood tests (those that prick my finger to take a drop of blood), and they always come back ...  Read Full »

Dr. Samer Sameer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. No, it would be best if you do not seek any treatment now. The serological tests showed no active disease as IgM is negative. IgG is positive because you got this infection before. It is recommended to have this test don...  Read Full »

I got body lice two weeks after having oral sex. Could it be an STI?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a deep mouth kiss with a guy eight weeks before and then had oral sex with another guy, six weeks before. He also laid on my back and patted his tool but did not insert it into my anus. But his semen was dropped over my skin and outside the anus. I remember that I wiped it with t...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infection has a window period of one to three months during which the test results can be false negative. According to WHO (world health organization), all results are considered conclusiv...  Read Full »

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