SYPHILIS….Dangerous if not treated
Jeremy presented to the KnowNOW website with a sore on his penis for one week. Stan has had three sexual partners in the past year. He states not using condoms with his last partner 3 weeks ago. He had penile-rectal sex. Jeremy had an HIV test two months ago that was negative.

Jeremy took a photo of his lesion and showed it via video-conference to the KnowNOW doctor. The lesion on the penis was described as round and non-painful. Patient was sent to a lab next to his home for blood tests including HIV and Syphilis. The test came back positive for Syphilis RPR and FTA-ABS positive for syphilis. Jeremy logged on to the website and was able to see another KnowNOW doctor again for a free follow-up since his tests were positive.

Jeremy was referred to a neighborhood clinic for an injection of Benzathine penicillin G 2.4 million units. His three partners are contacted and suggested to come in for treatment.

Keypoint
Syphilis first stage is a painless sore in the genitals mouth or rectum. Syphilis is usually treated with a high dose penicillin injection. That’s all it takes one injection. Sexual partners should be treated as well. Syphilis can lead to severe long terms health problems if left untreated. These include damage to the brain, nerves, eyes, or heart.