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    HHH
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    Can a person with syphilis spread the disease?

    #108413
    ElleBelle
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    I always think of syphilis as being an 19th century disease, but of course it’s still around today. What’s your verdict @Nurse_Nettie?

    #108414
    Nurse_NettieNurse_Nettie
    Keymaster

     Yes you’re right @ElleBelle syphilis has been with us a long time. Thankfully today we have penicillin which is an effective cure. Syphilis today manifests itself differently from early times when people could become quite disfigured by the infection. These days syphilis is mostly diagnosed by a blood test and many people don’t have symptoms that are easily recognisable.  Have a look here for more about syphilis.

    #108415
    Lube_Man
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    It is diagnosed in 3 different stages right @Nurse_Nettie??

    #108416
    Nurse_NettieNurse_Nettie
    Keymaster

    @Lube_Man we actually diagnose syphilis in five stages: Primary, Secondary, Early Latent, Late Latent & Tertiary. The different stages have to do with the kind of symptoms present, the infectiousness (whether you can pass it on to someone), and how long a person has had the infection. The staging will also determine how long antibiotics are needed.

    You may be interested to know that Syphilis is only contagious in the first two years (primary & secondary stages) and tertiary syphilis is now very rare!   

    #108417
    Aunt_FloAunt_Flo
    Moderator

    I had to look at cause of death statistics for a report and I believe there were 2 deaths related to latent syphilis in 2014. Very rare but still, I was surprised there were any. 

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