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Author Topic: Syphilis shots, ouch  (Read 4967 times)

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Offline lydgate

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Syphilis shots, ouch
« on: September 04, 2006, 09:47:45 PM »
So the wonderfully efficient (heavy irony in my voice, right there) HIV clinic at my university hospital called recently and said, You have to come in for some blood to be drawn. I ask why. Nurse: When we did the confirmatory HIV test and STD screening tests, we didn't test for syphilis. In other words: they just forgot.

Get the test results following week. And sure enough, it's weakly positive for syphilis (low titer, 1:4), which almost certainly means that I've had it for a year and got it, probably, from the same guy I got the HIV from a year ago.

Three weeks of penicilin shots. What I hadn't realized was that the syringes are sleek and shiny and scary -- metallic, like something from a James Bond movie. And that it's one shot in each butt cheek. And that it's more like a jab. And that the next day I would take the nurse's advice and pop an Advil, I was hobbling around with serious pain-in-the butt syndrome. (I had no idea these shots could hurt this much.) And that I would have to meet with someone from the county's Health Department -- again.

Of course the really nightmarish part was contacting, if possible (which in several cases it was not), sexual partners over the last year, who I may have exposed (I had no chancres at all anywhere, so perhaps not but nevertheless...). Oh gawd! I am so mad with the clinic for forgeting to test for this and letting me carry this in my body for many months.

Jay

 
« Last Edit: September 04, 2006, 09:53:48 PM by lydgate »
Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot, Middlemarch, final paragraph

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Syphilis shots, ouch
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2006, 10:06:33 PM »
Jay,

You have my sympathies. I had syphilis many years ago and had to have 1 shot of procaine penicilin in my dainty behind everyday for 10 days.

A titre of 1/4 does indicate that the infection is relatively "low-grade", but let me ask: did they perform a specific treponemal blood test like TPHA to confirm that it is indeed syphilis? Some times VDRL/RPR tests can return false positive results.

MtD

Offline nick2046

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Re: Syphilis shots, ouch
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2006, 08:32:33 AM »
Intramuscular Injection is the worst of all; i had to squeeze my bf'a hand every time they stabbed me with the needle into my butt.   Never had sex ever since, and that was FOUR years ago.
And so it has been, and so it is written
    On the doorway to paradise
    That those who falter and those who fall
    Must pay the price

Offline pozguy75

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Re: Syphilis shots, ouch
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2006, 09:01:59 AM »
Jay, I too can sympathize!!

I went thru 3 rounds of the shots, and finally a 24 hour, 14 day IV to treat the same infection...NOT FUN...and I still test pos...they call me sereofast...so, I will always test pos for it...nice!!

I know what you gong thru my friend!
Dx 2005
ATRIPLA

Offline Jeff64

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Re: Syphilis shots, ouch
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2006, 03:32:43 PM »
I was also told I had syphillis...got the awful shots (could barely walk for several days).

Somehow I don't think I had syphilis...I never had one symptom of it..no rashes..nothing.

I have been retested and it shows nothing.

Jeff

Offline Strayboy74

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Re: Syphilis shots, ouch
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2006, 05:28:03 PM »
You poor things! :(  That sounds absolutely miserable.  Of all the things I've ever had.  Syphillis has not been among them (thank god!)

my sympathies for your heinies.

-joe

Offline lydgate

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Re: Syphilis shots, ouch
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2006, 11:38:44 PM »
Thanks for your sympathies. Last set of shots this Friday; and I'm having five guests over for dinner.  :-\

Matty, I believe they only did VDRL not TPHA. I was just so fed up that I didn't have the energy to argue. In fact, they drew blood twice. First time, they screwed up the results -- they couldn't figure out whether the tite was 1:2 or 1:8. Then, next time, 1:4.

Nick, those shots are annoying but not a permanent deterrent to sex, surely?!

Jer, the 14-day ivy sounds AWFUL, I'm so sorry. God, what with hemorrhoids while "prepping" and all the rest... makes you wonder why people still bother to go out on weekends looking/hoping for sex. (Well, I know why.)

Jeff, I too wondered, no symptoms at all. But, as they say, better safe than sorry...I'm dreading the pain I know I'll be in on Saturday.  :'(

Jay


Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot, Middlemarch, final paragraph

Offline Eldon

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Re: Syphilis shots, ouch
« Reply #7 on: September 06, 2006, 01:52:44 AM »
Hello Jay,


It is a good thing that they were able to catch it and turn around and treat you for it. I know shots can be a pain-in-the-ass but by God, you are getting rid of the thing!


Have the BEST Day!

 


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