Q. I treated a patient who had a red syphilitic rash on his throat. Will I be affected?

Answered by
Dr. Peter Grutas
and medically reviewed by Dr. Preetha J
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 27, 2020

Hello doctor,

I am a dentist, and I had a patient with a secondary syphilis stage two days ago. I only saw it after the procedure that he is affected. What I did was merely an examination of his teeth, and no drilling, wind, etc. But I touched his saliva, and from what I understood later after seeing the diagnosis is, he had a red syphilitic rash on his throat. I was using nitrile gloves. What are the risk I could get from this infection?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for reaching out. I understand your concern. Based on what you presented, your risk is very low since you did not touch the lesion itself, and you were wearing gloves; therefore, there was no skin to skin contact. It is least likely you could have gotten syphilis based on the scenario you presented. I hope I was able to answer your concern. Is there anything else I can help you with?

Hi doctor,

Thank you for your quick reply.

Your answer made me feel better. And could it be possible to get this infection when touching the rash wearing gloves?



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. Getting the infection requires direct skin to skin contact. Wearing gloves can prevent you from getting the disease. I hope I was able to answer your concern. Is there anything else I can help you with?

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