Syphilis

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Hi, I just received some troubling news today. It seems that I have syphilis and the infection seems to be strong (3 pluses out of four - at least that's how this test is done). I never had any symptoms from what I can remember, and I only found out accidentally because I had to take the test as a legal requirement for the papers I need in order to get married. Both me and my partner have done this test, only that he tested negative (is that even possible, given that we have an active sex life and we don't use any protection other than me taking birth control pills?). We've been together 6 years so what's the possibility of him not getting infected? I haven't been with anyone else since we've been together, so, if the test is indeed positive it must mean I've had it before we met, which scares me because it means it's old and I'm afraid it might have already had affected my organs, which is what I read can happen for untreated syphilis. I have already repeated the test and tomorrow I'll get the results. I understood there's a possibility that it might have been a false positive, but that also this could indicate an auto-immune disease, so I don't know what's better - having old syphilis, or the latter?

I am wondering if it really is possible that my bf didn't get infected in so many years of being together, and I'm also looking for any other kind of feedback.

Thanks!

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    Syphilis can be unnoticed for many, MANY years.

    So yes, the disease could potentially have attacked your vital organs, or as you came up with, the test may have failed, although the test may have failed for your boyfriend too. My advice is to both get checked again.

    I'm sorry to hear you're going through a rough time.

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    Tests are not always 100% accurate. I agree with the above poster. You and your boyfriend need to get tested again to be certain. Syphilis can be treated with antibiotics and is completely curable.
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    Is not that syphilis test are not accurate. Syphilis has a incubation period, and because most medical providers only run a FTA-ABS or RPR it’s very common for 3 weeks after transmission to still test negative. I have seen a patient that had a primary sore and had a non-reactive TTPA, a test to confirm syphilis.
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      Hellow!

      I need help, am expressing the same situation..i have been in a relationship for 1year now, we had unprotected sex since we started this..but recently my boyfriend tested positive with syphilis. When i went for the test one week later the results came out negative.. can this mean he cheated or is it possible he was the carrier from his ex a year ago?

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      And he kept on insisting that he didn't cheat on me since we started..please help me am confused..i need to know if this is possible or i should end this relationship for my safety

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    Hellow!

    I need help, am experiencing same situation..i have been in a relationship for 1year now, we had unprotected sex since we started this..but recently my boyfriend tested positive with syphilis. When i went for the test one week later yo more than one hospital the results came out negative.. can this mean he cheated or is it he was the carrier from his ex a year ago?

    Coz he keep on insisting that he didn't cheat on me since we started..please help me am confused..i need to know if this is possible or i should end this relationship for my safety

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    Having a similar experience. My partners result was positive and near 0. Mine is negative on two results. It happens that she experienced some skin issues as a kid and was to be treated with injections but did not complete treatment. Based on some research I did I have found that the bacteria which causes syphilis is treponema. This species is the cause for other diseases which are not syphillis.  The treatment for the diseases are similar also.  The astonishing thing is the tests used for syphillis would be positive if the person had any organism of the treponema specie in them.  Find more reading here:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3812090/

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