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Syphilis: The Silent One
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Syphilis starts with one sore. You may or may not know you have it as it could be internal. Then you develop a rash a month later; it doesn't hurt, it doesn't itch, and it goes away. Years later you may find that you are positive and didn't even know it. Syphilis is not routinely checked for and the treatment in the early stages in one simple shot. If it goes untreated, you may have irreversible damage to your body.



Really nice article.


Great! As an OB nurse, I'm an advocate for taking care of yourself. This is a great article that outlines the symptoms and encourages getting checked. Nice.


Good job.


Awesome article and very informative.
Great first post


Very informative. I didn't know any of that information and glad I learned something new today. Thanks for the great article.


I learned something I did not know but should have known. I have had three children and tested negative all three times to syphilis, thank all the Gods! I honestly never connected that this is a bacteria not a virus. More reason to get tested and actually ASK for the's too damn easy to treat to let it set in and become deadly.


Great article! Very well done!!


The #1 thing I took away from this article was in the first paragraph, "Syphilis is not routinely checked for..."

Now I know to ASK for this, and all other "not routinely tested for" tests when I go in for my screening.

Thank you!


I was aware of it being a bacteria instead of a virus already, but I know a lot of people don't know that important fact. Thank you for enlightening everyone! Great article!


great article...reminds me of my infection control nursing time!! There are so many things that people don't know and I've always been an advocate for teaching! thanks!!


Thanks for sharing this with us, it's really informative and helpful! I always ask for all the tests I can possibly get at my annual check up because it's better to be safe than sorry.


Very informative, thank you.


Excellent article! Well done. Thank you!


Great job Travelnurse, educating us so well! Love it! I actually only recently found out our local health dept. had never ever been testing for this one! It was there on the papers when you got tested and showed up as "tested for all" and they'd say yes if you asked, but until they cleaned house at the office, I did not know they never were testing for syphillis, or a couple others even! Yikes. I do remember seeing a sign once in my area that said we had a syphillis outbreak and it scared the pants off me -- or should I say scared the pants ON me! LOL. Thanks for your expertise. No matter how old we get, we should always be informed.


great article. in my experience you have to specifically ask for testing. i don;t understand why it's not brought up by docs during an annual. i've even said "test me for everything you can" and still not been told about all the things that should of been tested for. also of course ask for hiv, and hep

i recommend hep vaccine and hpv vaccines for anyone sexually active that have tested negative. and one day there will be an hiv vacc


My doc always has recommended and does a full STI screening at my yearly. She claims that there re too many "silent STI's" and that it best to get checked for everything, regardless of usage of condoms or relationship status. Then again she also considers non barrier method birth control as back up BC should a condom break. lol She really pushes safe sex, and I do not fault her in any way for doing so.



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