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Can syphilis be transmitted through breastfeeding?


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Hello doctor,

I have syphilis, and my wife is breastfeeding my 2-month-old son. Please help.


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I strongly advise against hiding a medical diagnosis from your partner. Syphilis is a serious sexually transmitted infection that requires medical treatment. It is essential that your wife is aware of your diagnosis so she can also be tested and treated if necessary. If you are concerned about how to tell her, you could start by explaining that you have been to the doctor and have been diagnosed with syphilis. Let her know that you are being treated and that you are taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the infection. As for treating your wife without her knowledge, this is not only unethical but also dangerous. Syphilis can be passed from mother to baby during childbirth, which can lead to serious health problems for the baby. If your wife is breastfeeding, it is possible for syphilis to be transmitted through breast milk as well. It is crucial that both you and your wife receive medical treatment for syphilis as soon as possible. Your doctor can provide you with information on how to manage the infection and prevent spreading it to others, including your wife and baby. Please prioritize open communication and seeking medical advice over keeping your diagnosis a secret.

I hope this helps. Thank you.

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Dr. Vandana Andrews
Dr. Vandana Andrews

General Practitioner

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