Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
October 19, 2017, 06:54:21 PM

Login with username, password and session length

  • Total Members: 31660
  • Latest: Boo
  • Total Posts: 720951
  • Total Topics: 58475
  • Online Today: 337
  • Online Ever: 1421
  • (August 13, 2016, 05:18:44 AM)
Users Online
Users: 4
Guests: 246
Total: 250


Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Author Topic: Syphilis  (Read 1991 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline NewYorkKat

  • Member
  • Posts: 134
  • Hangin' On Staying Strong
« on: August 01, 2014, 03:20:49 PM »
A friend needs help. He's Poz for 10 years and recently tested positive for syphilis. I told since it was detected early, he should get the penicillin shot and he's good. Is this true? Should a poz person work about syphilis even if they get the shot and are cured?

Offline mecch

  • Member
  • Posts: 13,367
  • red pill? or blue pill?
Re: Syphilis
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2014, 03:58:05 PM »
What is your question? Should someone cured of a curable disease, like syphilis is, go to work??  Are you serious?
What help does your friend need from you? If your friend has syphilis, he/she can go to a DOCTOR, get proper treatment, and A DOCTOR can decide if there are any work limitations.  Right?
Maybe its a typo. You mean, should a poz person WORRY about it, afterwards?  I bet that's it.  Damnned spell check, too...  :o

Worry - well the doctors need to treat and make sure its cured, yep....   

We all have to worry about getting syphilis and get regular tests, etc, if there are risks in our lives...
« Last Edit: August 01, 2014, 04:07:42 PM by mecch »
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline Matty the Damned

  • Member
  • Posts: 12,265
  • Ninja Please
Re: Syphilis
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2014, 07:32:04 AM »
A friend needs help. He's Poz for 10 years and recently tested positive for syphilis. I told since it was detected early, he should get the penicillin shot and he's good. Is this true? Should a poz person work about syphilis even if they get the shot and are cured?

In an HIV positive person syphilis requires more than a penicillin shot. It requires specialist treatment by an appropriately qualified physician.

Your friend should contact his nearest sexual health or infectious diseases clinic.

The gold standard for syphilis treatment these days is benzyl-penicillin (often called Bi-Cillin LA), though procaine penicillin can also be used. The latter requires at least 10 painful injections over as many days and is deprecated in the developed world.

In HIV positive people these treatment courses are often extended beyond the standard. Your friend should also be scheduled for a lumbar puncture as our kind is especially prone to atypical neuro-syphilis.

Determining the effectiveness of the treatment involves specific blood tests taken over some months which can be complicated to read and as such many general practitioners and other inexperienced medical types misinterpret them leading to inadequate or excessive treatment.

I'm sure AIDSmeds has a lesson on this and I recommend you review it.


Offline pittman

  • Member
  • Posts: 281
Re: Syphilis
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2014, 12:13:59 AM »

So is that true based just on being HIV+ or is it more related to your CD4 count or lowest count, etc?  Just trying to understand what would make that true for controlled HIV.

Offline Rhaegar

  • Member
  • Posts: 102
Re: Syphilis
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2014, 12:07:35 AM »
Treatment is based more on what stage someone might be in, in terms of syphilis.  If there's a documented negative result within the last year, it would only require one round of Bicillin (or BICx1).  If unsure of how long someone has had it, generally the recommendation is 3 rounds of Bicillin (BICx3).

The success or failure of treatment really depends on the follow-up syphilis testing.
05/19/2011: Diagnosed.  CD4 159   VL 284,000.
04/29/2013:  CD4 789,   VL <20


Terms of Membership for these forums

© 2017 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.