Patient :Hi, I had unprotected sex with a woman of unknown status 3 months ago, and within the last four days I had a small red/pink flaky spot that was barely visible on my penis shaft that rapidly turned to a circular ulcer with a white/yellowish base. It doesn't really hurt and two doctors said it looks like syphillis and I was treated with the shot and given a blood test for stds.
My question is this,
1) Does syphilis take 3 months to appear? I was under the impression it shows much sooner than that.
2) I had protected sex with my wife 3 days prior to seeing any lesion or spot at all. Before I put the condom on we rubbed our genitals together for a breif period. With no lesion visible what are the chances I might have infected her with syphilis? Thanks for your help.
Thanks for the query to ATD for an opinion,
The incubation period is the time between exposure to a disease and the first symptom. A skin sore called a chancre is usually the first symptom of sexually transmitted syphilis. A chancre appears between 3 weeks to 3 months after a person has been infected with syphilis. So the sore that appeared was a chancre and evident that you were infected . Also as you have had sex with your wife 3 days prior to appearance of lesion, there are all chances that you may have infected your wife. So please get your wife also tested for syphilis.
I hope i have answered your query in detail,
Wishing you good health,
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