I have read a zillion posts regarding getting Syphilis from oral receiving as a man and I know that the chances are miniscule, but the chances are there. I was just wondering: has anyone here gotten Syphilis from oral or known anyone who did? For those of you in the medical profession, have you seen this happen and if so, how often in relation to transfer via vaginal/anal sex?
People have posted here saying they have syphilis. I don't remember anyone who posted after getting oral sex saying they got syphilis. And I have been here helping for over a year.
Dr's do not post here so you would have to pay and post in the expert forum if you want there advice.
Syphilis is rare in developed countries and rare in women. So if you got oral sex in a developed country from a woman your risk is very very very low.
But you would also get symptoms...first a canker at the point of infection (on your penis) and if you did then you can transfer it to someone else at that point. Syphilis is not transfered without that canker.
Thanks Vance. You're one of the beacons on this website, I'm sure I'm not the only one who appreciates your help. I wrote to Dr. Hook regarding my situation and I'm sweating out the weeks until I can test (as usual, one of those stupid drunken things that as a married man I never thought I would ever, ever do).
Dr. Hook told me about the probabilities, but you still worry. I was just asking to see what the medhelp stats were on the subject.
I definitely "believe" it in the rational sense, but sometimes the anxiety takes off. I really feel for the people on here who let it get the best of them, because sometimes it's hard not to. I'm just thankful that I tend to do well under stress.
I'm at 19 days right now. Hence the increased worry.
I don't get a chance to post nearly as much now as I have a new job, so sorry about that. I do post when Vance lets me know that someone is asking for me.
Syphilis can be transmitted by oral sex, but it's not as likely from oral as it is from intercourse. Syphilis is also uncommon in the US and other developed countries. It's not something I'd worry about. The chancre would appear in or on your mouth if you got one.
I have, but not many. I actually haven't seen that many syphilis infections compared to chlamydia or gonorrhea.
Was your partner male or female? There is a *slightly* higher chance if your partner was male, but it's still not that high. In 2007 (the last year we have national data for), there were 11,466 reported cases of primary and secondary syphilis in the US. It's up since then, but that's still not a lot. That same year, there were 1,108,374 chlamydial infections were reported to CDC from 50 states and the District of Columbia. (That's from the CDC.) Not all cases of any STD are reported, but you can see the difference.
You don't deserve some kind of std because you cheated, so don't let your brain go there, either. Guilt doesn't make you infected. Trust me when I say it will be easier to get counseling now than 6 months from now when you have driven yourself (and your loved ones) crazy.
to the original poster--I posted about my contraction of syphilis yesterday. In short-I am a heterosexual male and had a random hookup with a woman in Toronto. Protected vaginal sex and unprotected ********. About 10-11 weeks later a chanker appeared on my penis. Went to dr who sent me for blood tests for hiv, herpes 1 and 2 and syphilis. He also took culture of the chanker. Postive for for syphilis on the culter and blood test and neg for all the others. Without going into the other details of my post, I am assuming the unprotected ******** is what did it (perhaps she had a sore in her mouth and may not have known about it?). This was my only sex, protected or otherwise for well over a year so this was the sxposure. It can happen. I guess the moral of the story is to "jimmy up" even for a ******** no matter what, unless you are in a monogamous relationship with someone and you both get tested prior to unprotected sex of any kind. Hope your situation works out for the best
First, I haven't read noname32's other posts, so I can't comment on his timing.
A chancre can technically appear within 10-90 days, but the average is 21 days. Far and away, they will appear by 6 weeks.
Oral transmission happens, but is not common. Drs. Hook and Handsfield call it rare. I call it unlikely. Whatever - same thing. Actually, getting syphilis at all is uncommon. I'd guess that even with the increases in syphilis infections, there are probably 20,000 that occur in the US each year. Canada has similar rates. Most syphilis infections today happen in men who have sex with men.
I think what most of you are feeling is panic over an indiscretion, and not real risk. Syphilis is not common, but does happen. If I had an opposite-sex sexual encounter with oral only, I wouldn't worry about syphilis at all. If I had sex with someone of the opposite sex, I'd test after, and I'd include a syphilis test, but only because a good std exam includes testing for all possibilities. If I didn't have insurance, I might not include it. If I were a man who had sex with men, I'd definitely test, only because rates are higher for MSM, but I still wouldn't panic.
Just calm down, and remember that guilt/fear/shame does not equal risk.
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